Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Greenland will contribute more to sea level rise than anticipated.

On the heels of an announcement by the European Space Agency that the Antarctic ice sheets are melting, scientists have released a detailed study of the ice in Greenland. Part of their conclusions show that melting glaciers hidden in deep canyons could contribute more to sea level rise than previously thought.

Greenland is covered with ice, which makes it a major contributor to sea level rise, should it melt.

Greenland is covered with ice, which makes it a major contributor to sea level rise, should it melt.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

5/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Greenland, sea level, ice, global warming

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers in California have managed to use satellite data to peer underneath Greenland's ice sheets.  The data revealed as many as 100 hidden valleys in Greenland which are so deep, some of them are below sea level. All of them are filled with ice, and they are melting.

Current estimates suggest that meltwater from Greenland is contributing to about 10 percent of the world's current sea-level rise, a distant second to that coming from Antarctica. However, these estimates will need to be revised upwards if the data is accurate.

St. Michael, protect us from evil!

This means Greenland could hold even more freshwater which could be dumped into the oceans as the temperature warms. Researchers believe about half of Greenland's ice will melt in coming centuries according to current global warming models.

The geography of the massive island could also mean that glaciers melt faster and retreat farther inland than previously anticipated, according to Mathieu Morlighem, a scientist at University of California, Irvine who led the UC Irvine team. The problem is that Greenland is flatter than previously assumed, so the lower landmass means more melting for the glaciers. Higher landmass where glaciers should survive is farther inland.

The study was conducted in coordination with NASA.

Professor Morlighem told Live Science, "Greenland is more vulnerable than we thought, but we can't say by how much."

In a few hundred years, the melting from Greenland and Antarctica is expected to contribute to a sea level rise around 12 feet. Such changes would alter the world's coastlines dramatically, force the resettlement of large numbers of people, and will be substantially disruptive.

Scientists argue that current observations reveal just the beginning stages of runaway climate change where the impacts are barely becoming visible.

Others argue, including some scientists, that climate change research is inconclusive, or that the causes of climate change and the ability of governments and individuals to respond is negligible and is therefore a moot issue.

The data on melting ice and climate change continues to come in and make world news headlines. However, virtually none of it has had any significant impact on world policies.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Green

We're not saying it's aliens... Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle SOLVED? Watch

Image of The Bermuda Triangle has been the object of human fascination for centuries.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle may have finally been solved. Scientists studying satellite images of the area noticed something bizarre and have made a discovery that could solve the mystery. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The Bermuda Triangle has been a ... continue reading

California had a big earthquake today, so why didn't anyone feel it? Watch

Image of A still from San Andreas suggests a much more powerful quake and tsunami than is physically possible in California. Still, the Bay Area could experience a 7.9, which is an extremely powerful event.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

We just had an earthquake here in California that sent millions of residents dashing for cover. So why isn't the news telling us how large it was? It's because the earthquake wasn't real. Instead, California just held its annual "Shake Out" statewide earthquake drill. ... continue reading

Gravity map of Earth reveals scary fact about Greenland and sea level rise Watch

Image of The melting ice in Greenland is impacting sea level rise far away in the Southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

New models of Earth's gravity reveal that the melting of Greenland's ice sheet is more significant than previously estimated. The ice sheet is melting faster and impacting sea level rise harder than previously estimated. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A gravity ... continue reading

'This will kill you' Two million flee advance of killer Hurricane Matthew Watch

Image of Hurricane Matthew is a killer storm. Two million U.S. residents have been ordered to evacuate.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

"This storm will kill you," Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning people to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Matthew. The storm is now leaving the Bahamas and will strike Florida this evening. It is expected to follow a path up the Florida coast. Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas ... continue reading

The one secret thing Californians are terrified of, but will never tell you about Watch

Image of Californians have a fear of high overpasses.

By Marshall Connolly, (California Network)

The elevated risk of the "Big One" in California has subsided, but that doesn't mean Californians should relax. The danger of a major quake in California remains real and experts agree, it is only a matter of time. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - For a seven-day ... continue reading

Matthew becomes Category 5 monster, turns towards US Watch

Image of Hurricane Matthew has become a category 5 storm.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hurricane Matthew has become a monster category 5 storm, swirling in the Caribbean, headed for the eastern tip of Cuba. Haiti has been hit, but the full extent of damage is unknown. Some communities in South Carolina have been ordered to evacuate. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Matthew forms in the Caribbean and will track over Bahamas. Will Florida be hit? Watch

Image of Tropical Storm Matthew is already creating waves and problems for people across the Caribbean, but no serious damage yet.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Tropical storm Matthew has formed in the Caribbean and appears likely to brush the east coast of Florida. The storm is on track to strike most of the islands in the Caribbean. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Tropical storm Matthew has formed and is taking aim at ... continue reading

Is Friday's Black Moon a sign of the Apocalypse? Watch

Image of The Bible says signs of the end times will be seen in the moon.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An event that some say will usher in the apocalypse is about to take place on Friday. A Black Moon will rise on September 30 over North America, and some think it signals the second coming of Jesus Christ. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A rare Black Moon will ... continue reading

Global Warming: philosopher suggests we stop having babies Watch

Image of Students in China sit for an exam.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Global warming is real and getting worse. There is no more credible scientific debate on this issue. However, there is plenty of debate over how we should approach the problem. One professor has offered a provocative solution, stop having children. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Every town is now a Flint: TWO out of THREE Americans are drinking CONTAMINATED water Watch

Image of Two out of three Americans are consuming this cancer-causing chemical in their water.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Every town is Flint. That's the fear following a report on America's water quality. Many cities and towns have such poor, neglected water infrastructure that millions of Americans are already drinking poisonous water. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Millions of ... continue reading

All Green News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
12 for the Lord is a judge who is utterly impartial.13 He ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
2 I will praise Yahweh from my heart; let the humble hear and ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 18:9-14
9 He spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
6 As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 23rd, 2016 Image

St. John of Capistrano
October 23: St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, ... Read More