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Greenland Sea Ice

Greenland Sea Ice

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Categories: photography, sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change

                          Dog Sled on "sea ice" in Fjord Greenland, 6-13-2019 (credit: Steffon Olsen)

Steffen Olsen is a researcher with the Danish Meteorological Institute working to retrieve environmental monitoring instruments in the northwest of Greenland. The task was made much more difficult as the sea ice had melted with few cracks so meltwater remained on the ice. He captured a remarkable image of his situation that has now been seen by millions of others.

         

                Inglefield Bredning Fjord, Melville Bay NW Greenland (credit: NOAA)

His photograph appeared just as a statement was issued by the three presidents of the National Academies of Sciences. Their collective letter on climate change read:

"The National Academies have addressed climate change questions before in our independent, evidence-based reports. We are speaking out to support the cumulative scientific evidence for climate change and the scientists who continue to advance our understanding. We have known for some time, from multiple lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth’s climate, primarily through greenhouse gas emissions. The evidence on the impacts of climate change is also clear and growing. The atmosphere and the Earth’s oceans are warming, the magnitude and frequency of certain extreme events are increasing, and sea level is rising along our coasts. A solid foundation of scientific evidence on climate change exists. It should be recognized, built upon, and most importantly, acted upon for the benefit of society."

the Arctic Summer is still a week away before 24 hours of daylight begins. Expect more Arctic images as ice melting accelerates.

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