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Greenland ice melts alarmingly; global warming 'at its worst'

The Earth is the only place humans can call home, and within it lies various problems that put human survival in jeopardy. Recent studies suggest that Greenland's ice sheets are melting faster than previously thought. Is it the beginning of the end of human life, or is it still manageable?

By Jose Mari Franz Teves | Sep 22, 2016 11:30 PM EDT

Greenland: A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global Warming
GLACIAL ICE SHEET, GREENLAND - JULY 17: Water is seen on part of the glacial ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of the country is seen on July 17, 2013 on the Glacial Ice Sheet, Greenland. As the sea levels around the globe rise, researchers affilitated with the National Science Foundation and other organizations are studying the phenomena of the melting glaciers and its long-term ramifications. The warmer temperatures that have had an effect on the glaciers in Greenland also have altered the ways in which the local populace farm, fish, hunt and even travel across land. In recent years, sea level rise in places such as Miami Beach has led to increased street flooding and prompted leaders such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to propose a $19.5 billion plan to boost the citys capacity to withstand future extreme weather events by, among other things, devising mechanisms to withstand flooding. (Photo : Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The ice wrapped around the Greenland landmass turns out to be melting faster than what many have previously believed.

Based on a current research undertaken by scientists, it has been discovered that the place has lost roughly 2,700 gigatons of ice from the years 2003 to 2013. Last year, it was believed that it has only lost 2,500 gigatons.

Gravity Hides the Real Figures

The gap was due to the gravitational signals that are originating from the mantle inside the Earth's surface. This activates the active volcanoes located in Iceland and caused the 7.6 percent difference on the real statistical loss.

According to the recent study that was published by the Science Advances in its journal, Greenland loses 40 trillion pounds of ice more every year. This is a huge number and is worthy to be called as an "alarming statistic".

This means that the real figure of the amount of lost ice from the years 2003 to 2013 in Greenland is 590 trillion pounds and not 550 million pounds. That results to a 7.6 percent discrepancy.

Bevis says, "If you look at the last 15 years since we've been having these measurements, it's clearly getting worse, the ice loss. It is pretty scary."

The Future of Humanity Depends on the Rate of Melting

If the rate of melting will stay this way for the next couple of decades, then there would be no need to worry. However, the chance of its rate not changing is slim, leading one to conclude that it would increase in the years to come. If this happens, then it would yield in devastating effects.

Thanks to the recent scientific and technological breakthroughs, getting to know more about the real happenings in the iced region will become easier and more accurate. Hopefully, things turn out good. Because if not, then it humanity's future would surely be a dark one. 

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