How Greenland’s Melting Ice Can Affect All Living Things On the Planet
Haven’t you noticed that summers have been getting warmer in recent years? Well, it’s because our planet is experiencing a climate crisis called global warming and scientists are citing the cause as human-induced. Still, talking about the extent to which humans have contributed to such a climate crisis in modern times is a hotly debated topic in political circles anywhere in the world.
Observers from different fields of agencies who are vying to investigate this issue, have pointed out that in the Arctic circle, particularly in Greenland, the ice is melting at an alarming rate. It was discovered, as these observers claimed, that the Greenland ice sheet lost six times faster of its mass than a few decades ago. They were surprised, as they never expected Greenland to lose so much ice as a direct result of global warming.
As Arctic ice continues to shrink, it can add a considerable increase in water to the world’s oceans. Scientists have warned that if we continue to burn fossil fuels that cause global warming, sea levels could rise to at least 216 feet. If that happens, new coastlines can be formed for our continents and inland seas.
But will the entire earth be submerged in water when all its ice melts? The answer to this question is no. The entire world will never be covered in water, even if all its ice melts into the sea. But the coastal areas would bear the wrath of this natural phenomenon.
As sea levels rise, it can result in a dramatic reshaping of the continents and drowning many of the world’s major cities. What’s more concerning, according to scientists, is that the ice in Greenland and Antarctica is made of fresh water, and once it melts in the seas and oceans, it brings with it 69 percent of the world’s fresh water supply. This can result in a dramatic change in our ocean currents and weather patterns.
This means that we can expect coastlines to disappear anywhere in the world. In North America, we can expect the entire Atlantic coast to disappear, as well as that of Florida and the Gulf coast. On the west coast, the San Francisco hills of California would turn into a group of islands and the Central Valley could turn into a giant bay.
And in Europe? London will be a memory and Venice will be reclaimed by the Adriatic Sea, as well as the Netherlands and most of Denmark. Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean, its expanding waters will also have caused the Black and Caspian Seas to rise. It would be a more chaotic and less hospitable world than the one we have today: massive floods from rising sea levels, forced migration, disruption of supply chains, and severe climate change, to name just a few.
One of these observers’ concerns centers on the fact that many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. And they are calling on all the governments of the world to establish a united front to solve this major environmental problem before it’s too late.