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Greenland lost record 532 bn tons of ice in 2019: A million ton per minute

The previous record was set in 2012 when the island lost 464 billion tons of mass from its thick ice sheet

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Melting of ice sheets and thermal expansion account for nearly two-thirds of observed global mean sea-level rise. (Siurce: Shutterstock)

Shibu Tripathi New Delhi
Despite an intense push to curb carbon emission to control climate change, Greenland continues to lose its thick ice cover, raising sea levels and sounding warning bells across nations. The island lost 532 billion tons of ice in 2019 — the highest loss since 1948. Estimates account for the loss at the rate of over 1 million tons for every minute of 2019.

The previous record was set in 2012 when the island lost 464 billion tons of mass from its thick sheet. The five years with the biggest losses all have occurred in the past decade. The new findings were

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First Published: Aug 26 2020 | 11:56 AM IST

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