Earth’s climate is changing with the global temperature now rising at a rate unprecedented in human history.
The earliest and most intense impacts of these changes are happening in the Arctic, with the last six years (2005-2010) being the warmest period on record.
The latest data show that the net loss of mass from the Greenland Ice Sheet is accelerating, far faster than predicted by the International Panel of Climate Change. Last year alone there were 50 more melting days on the Greenland ice sheet than on average, meaning we now see an average net loss of ice mass of 200 gigatons per year - a level that is four times higher than just back in the year 2000.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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