Climate Change Case Study: The Greenland Ice Sheet

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Temperatures are rising, and so are sea levels. Storms are becoming more and more frequent and intense. Ice is melting, and ecosystems are shifting.

The effects of the changing climate can be seen all across the globe, but no where have the impacts been greater than in and around the Arctic circle.

Below is a piece of work I completed a few months back, which outlines the main changes that we have seen on the Greenland Ice Sheet, and some of the possible implications for the future.

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Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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