Sled dogs make their way in northwest Greenland with their paws in melted ice water.
But experts claim it is too soon to suggest the photo taken on that "unusual day" is down to climate change.
Scientists say that Greenland lost the equivalent of two billion tonnes of ice last week when temperatures soared to more than 40°F (22°C) above normal and triggered an ice melt, captured on film by climate scientist Steffen Olsen from the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI). The anxious scientists are saying that sea ice loss is several weeks ahead of usual, a phenomenon which is not-at-normal.
Climate researcher at the DMI, Ruth Mottram, explains: "As the ice in this region is relatively thick and fracture free, the meltwater is unable to drain away through cracks in the ice as it would normally and hence the challenging conditions for the dog sleds".
In May, scientists announced the start of the melt season in Greenland, which is the second earliest on record stretching back to 1980.
But it is early for what's called "melt season" in Greenland.
That melted ice has has contributed to the more than 0.5 inches of global sea-level rise since 1972, half of which came about in the last eight years alone, the researchers noted, as reported by Business Insider's Aylin Woodward.Читайте также: China's Xi arrives in North Korea, set to hold talks with Kim
The conditions led to "a lot of melting ice, on the glaciers and ice sheet, and on the still-existing sea ice", she said. It is expected that ice melt this year will break the record of 2012.
While Greenland is a big island filled with lots of ice, it is highly unusual for that much ice to be lost in the middle of June.
A DMI weather station at the nearby Qaanaaq airport registered a high of 17.3 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday and a high of 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday. While the country experiences annual melting from June through August, the rate so far this year has been record-breaking.
Olsen tweeted: "Communities in #Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting and fishing". But how fast and how much is very much dependent on how much global temperature rises.
Over the previous week temperatures in northern Greenland have been similar to the climate in Seattle, causing the top layer of ocean ice close to the town of Qaanaaq to turn into what might be compared to a kiddie pool.
Despite being almost 4,000 miles from Greenland, Cayman, like all small islands, will continue to be impacted by its melting ice sheets as the water level around these islands gradually and steadily increases.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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