In 2021, Greenland is experiencing one of its worst ice-melt years in recorded history. For the first time ever, scientists have observed rainfall on the highest point of the island that is often dubbed ‘nature’s thermometer’.
The visual of ice floating around boats in the port of Ilulissat, Greenland, is nothing short of striking. The bright white material against the deep green ocean creates a contrast that is beautiful yet frightening. The white chunks of ice, most of them larger than the boats, are above all a reminder of the force that nature has. Remote areas of the Earth, such as Greenland, are already suffering from the accelerating climate crisis. It is only a matter of time until more central regions will become affected, as well. Global warming drives an increase in extreme events, and tens of millions of people around the world could face yearly flooding and displacement by 2030, states the recent United Nations report.
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