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Drone flight over Arctic ice caps shows horrifying impact of North Pole heatwave


  Alarming new drone footage has captured the full and devastating impact of the unprecedented heatwave gripping the North Pole   The Daily Mirror’s worrying report this week from Greenland laid bare the climate crisis as 22c temperatures has children playing in the usually frozen Arctic seas  Locals were wearing t-shirts as they walked on melting ice – totally unheard of in August ten years ago  Drone footage above the ocean recorded by Mirror photographer Adam Gerrard has given more warnings with the situation threatening a global rise in sea levels – it’s stunning to watch but an urgent reminder of the emergency situation the world is now faced with  Greenland is the world’s largest island, almost three times the size of France.  But the extreme environmental changes could see the Arctic Sea free of ice by 2030 unless swift action is taken – and quickly     “If all of Greenland’s ice were to melt, it would raise global sea levels by 21feet meaning cities like London, Sydney and New York underwater and the whole of Bangladesh would disappear,” says Mark Wright, director of science at WWF, who accompanied the Daily Mirror to the Arctic  “This is not science fiction. This is the reality of climate change.  “It is happening now – and here in accelerated terms – providing a crucial insight into what we will all face unless urgently tackle this now ”  Climate experts suggest the sudden increase in melting ice was caused by concerning greenhouse gas emissions over the past century    This summer has seen more than 100 wildfires in the Arctic Circle devastating once pristine forests, turning them from precious carbon dioxide absorbing sponges into giant new emitters of greenhouse gases  “We are already entering a new normal in the Arctic, and what we are seeing now is far and beyond what we predicted in 2019,” president and managing director of the Arctic Institute Dr Victoria Herrmann believes  “It has also fundamentally changed the environment of Greenland, both for the people that call it home and for its unique ecosystem  “That will only get worse in the decades to come, where we will see ice free summers in the Arctic  “The territory relies heavily on land based transport to get from one community to the next via snowmobile or dog sled   “But if it becomes a big puddle of water that makes it a lot more difficult to see relatives, or share the meat you have hunted, or go to a basketball game It disrupts regular lives,” she told The Telegraph .


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