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Greenland’s ice is melting faster than scientists previously conceived, with the rate of ice loss increasing fourfold since 2003, new research has found.Numerous glaciers in Greenland are accumulating the ever-larger chunks of ice into the Atlantic Ocean, where it’s melting. But scientists have found this fact that the largest loss of ice in the decade from 2003 actually occurred in the south-west region of the island, which is widely glacier-free.

This is simply implying that surface ice is melting away because of global warming, causing unrestrained rivers of meltwater to get into the ocean and puff up the sea level. South-west Greenland was never previously thought of as a source of misery for coastal cities, is now all set to “become a major future contributor to sea level rise”, the research states.“We knew we had one big problem with increasing rates of ice discharge by some large outlet glaciers,” said Michael Bevis, lead author of the paper and a professor of geodynamics at Ohio State University. “But now we recognize a second serious problem: increasingly, large amounts of ice mass are going to leave as meltwater, as rivers that flow into the sea.”

The research presents new evidence of the disaster posed to the vulnerable coastal places to the extent of Miami, Shanghai, Bangladesh and various Pacific islands as the alteration in climate shrinks the world’s land-based ice.

“The only thing we can do is adapt and mitigate further global warming – it’s too late for there to be no effect,” Bevis said. “This is going to cause additional sea level rise. We are watching the ice sheet hit a tipping point.“We’re going to see faster and faster sea level rise for the foreseeable future. Once you hit that tipping point, the only question is: how severe does it get?”

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