The Latest on Greenland’s Ice Melt

The heatwave that descended on Europe last month has caused Greenland’s ice to melt at a rate that scientists didn’t expect to see for another 50 years.

The ice-sheet lost 55 billion tons of water over five days in July and August, to put that in perspective, that’s enough to cover the state of Florida with almost 5 inches of water.

As of the last week of July, melting in Greenland had reached levels that climate models projected for the year 2070 that could set the ice-sheet on a course towards disappearing entirely.