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Island in the sun

April 24, 2007

Most people have heard how many islands may share the faith of Atlantis if global warming makes the sea levels rise. While islanders everywhere fear the disappearance of their homelands, global warming has already given us a new island off the coast of Greenland.

According to The Independent, a new island has appeared, suddenly separated from the coast of Greenland by the melting of Greenland’s enormous ice sheet. The US Geological Survey has confirmed the island’s existence with satellite photos, that show it as an integral part of the Greenland coast in 1985. In 2002, it was only linked to the mainland by a small ice bridge, and by the summer of 2005, the island was completely separated from the coast.

Warning Island

The appearance of a new island is perhaps the most compelling evidence of the fact that the disintegration of the Greenland Ice Sheet is proceeding far more rapidly than scientists have thought. It is also a very clear warning to climate skeptics that global warming is real, and it is happening NOW. Dennis Schmitt, who discovered the island named it Warming Island ( Uunartoq Qeqertoq in Inuit). It could just as well have been dubbed Warning Island.

The ocean gives, and the ocean takes away

If the entire 2.5 million cubic kilometres of ice known as the Greenland Ice Sheet were to melt, it would lead to a global sea level rise of 7.2 metres, or more than 23 feet. That would submerge most of the world’s coastal cities, including London, swamp vast areas of heavily-populated countries such as Bangladesh, and remove several island countries such as the Maldives from the face of the Earth. Climate skeptics of the world; consider yourselves warned!

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