Rainfall on Greenland’s Ice Sheet Peak for First Time in Recorded History
Greenland has experienced rainfall on the top of its highest point on the ice sheet for the first time in recorded history. This is a tell-tale indication of the exponentially growing threat of climate crisis all around the globe.
Scientists at the US National Science Foundation summit witnessed rainfall events throughout the span of August 14, 2021. Unfortunately, they had no gauges to measure the fall because of the unexpected precipitation occurrence, since the temperature over there is usually below freezing.
The unprecedented rainfall at this high point is being associated with the recent melting event where the ice begins to melt triggered by the rising global temperature – which is a major consequence of climate change.
A recent report, by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), mentioned the devastating glacier melting events happening worldwide because of global warming. The report focused on the irreversible impacts of ice melting events followed by some suggestions to prevent it as a last-ditch effort.
According to Some researchers, the Greenland ice sheet is nearing a tipping point and the accelerated melting would not stop even if the temperature falls.
Ted Scambos, a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, which reported the summit rain, told CNN:
What is going on is not simply a warm decade or two in a wandering climate pattern. This is unprecedented. We are crossing thresholds not seen in millennia, and frankly, this is not going to change until we adjust what we’re doing to the air.
Greenland covers around 656,000 square miles of glacial land ice and now the ice is melting faster than ever the loss is near about at a rate of 1m tonnes per minute. With the growth of industrialization, the average global temperature has risen almost about 1 degree Celsius. It’s high time that we understand the climate crisis, and start implementing its solutions!