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Greenland's ice is melting quickly, could the island disappear?

Xu Wen


Greenland's ice is melting quickly due to global warming. "It's something around 8,000 or 10,000 tonnes per second," said William Colgan, a research climatologist at Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

It's hard for people to imagine how much ice it is. "That would be more like the entire daily water consumption of a 10-million-person city every second," he told CGTN.

Currently, global leaders are gathering in Dubai for the annual climate summit (COP28) to seek agreement on solutions to the climate crisis. Despite challenges and compromises, they are trying to reach a consensus that would limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"If we can implement the Paris agreement with the ambitions that it holds, then we can stop the total loss of the ice sheet and hold back the sea level rise," Colgan said.

About 'One Minute With' series

CGTN Nature talks to experts from across the world about life-changing environmental issues, such as climate change, plastic pollution and biodiversity loss, searching for possible solutions. "One Minute With" features the interview highlights in short videos to get to the heart of the argument quickly. For in-depth discussions on each topic, stay tuned for our Environment Buzzword series!

(Video edited by Xu Wen; cover image designed by Li Yueyun)

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