Leigh Dayton, Science writer January 16, 2008
JUST days after the revelation that Antarctica is melting faster than predicted comes news that the Greenland ice sheet is also shrinking fast.
In fact, last northern summer Greenland's ice sheet melted more than at anytime in the last 50 years, international glaciologists and climatologists report today in the Journal of Climate.
The rapidly melting ice and increasing summer temperatures are a direct result of climate change, suggested the team, led by Edward Hanna of Britain's Sheffield University.
"Our work shows that global warming is beginning to take its toll on the Greenland ice sheet which, as a relict feature of the last Ice Age, has already been living on borrowed time and seems now to be in inexorable decline," Dr Hanna said.
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