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Unusual winter rains driving sea level rise in the Arctic

Warmer air is turning what should be snowfall in the Arctic to rainfall, which could accelerate sea level rise beyond current predictions. Researchers are warning that rainy weather is becoming increasingly common over parts of the Greenland ice sheet, triggering sudden melting events that are eating away at the ice and priming the surface for more widespread melting in the future.  A study published Thursday in the scientific journal Cryosphere says some parts of the ice sheet are even receiving rain in the winter -- a new phenomenon that will spread as the Earth's climate continues to warm.  Read more...

 

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