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Stephen L. Carter

Greenland’s Rapid Melting Is a Hugely Underplayed Story

It’s officially time to panic. (Or at least pay more attention.)

This is not what you want to see.

This is not what you want to see.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe

The announcement that 11 billion tons dropped off  the Greenland Ice Sheet in one day turned out to be a made-for-television example of the effects of climate change.  Dramatic videos of water pouring off the glaciers went viral.  But apart from the occasional spectacular image, it’s hard to focus the attention of the news media on the Greenland Ice Sheet.  And that’s too bad.

Because it’s worse than you thought.