Europe’s historic heat wave has triggered the Greenland’s ice sheets to melt at dramatic rates. A staggering amount of 12 billion tons of ice or about 60% of Greenland’s surface melted across the country in 24 hours on August 1st 2019 — making it the largest single-day loss in recorded history. Before this, in July, 2019 roughly 197 billion tons of ice from Greenland had already melted into the Atlantic Ocean (source: cbsnews).
How terrifying is the situation? Being the second largest ice body in the world after the Antarctic Ice Sheet, the sea level would rise by seven metres should the entire Greenland ice sheet melt. This will cause flooding in most of the world’s coastal cities. WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) secretary-general Petteri Taalas said of global weather conditions: “This is not science fiction. It is the reality of climate change”.