Friday, May 4, 2012

Our Changing Climate: Greenland ice still melting ... just a bit slower

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center say Greenland’s ice continues to melt away at a brisk pace. It’s just melting a little slower than some feared it might.

These reports from the Seattle Times and KPLU Radio detail the researchers' findings.

How much and how fast Greenland’s ice melts is relevant to Washingtonians. That’s because all of the water from the melted ice is expected to raise sea levels, and that poses a threat to the communities along Puget Sound and Washington’s coast.

Responding to and preparing for sea-level rise are key components of the state’s climate change response strategy, which was released in early April. Here’s a recent news story about the strategy from The Columbian, along with Ecology’s news release announcing the strategy.

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