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Greenland island loses 12.5 billion of ice

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World   On Wednesday, July 31, the melting of Greenland’s ice reached its peak

The recent heatwave that hit Europe has caused Greenland’s ice sheet to begin melting more quickly, losing 12.5 billion tons of Ice in one single day.

On Wednesday, July 31, the melting of Greenland’s ice reached its peak with a record of 56.5%.

Greenland, which is the world’s largest island, is a semi-autonomous country under Danish authority. Located between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, ice covers 82% of its surface.

The increased temperatures causing the ice to melt is the same weather front from North Africa and Spain that led to record-breaking temperatures in Europe. Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Britain all saw unprecedented heat waves at the end of July.

According to a study by scientists in the United States and Denmark in June, increased melting of Greenland’s ice sheet would contribute to the rise of the global sea level by 5 to 33 centimeters by the year 2100. The same study found that if all the ice in Greenland island melted, which would take centuries, sea levels would rise by 7.2 meters.

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