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Researchers do agree that Greenland’s ice loss has doubled in the last decade, closing in on 400 billion tons per year. More ice is melting than is being replaced by snow.

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«Greenland is very complex and it’s very, very difficult to predict what will happen in the future,» Khan said. «This also means our future estimates of sea level rise are also difficult to predict.»

And until now, researchers thought northeast Greenland’s glaciers weren’t kicking in to the increase in melting. «This suggests that Greenland’s contribution to global sea level rise may be even higher in the future,» Bevis said.

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