If you know anything about Greenland, then you probably know that it isn’t as green as it sounds. Or is it?
Towns devastated by flooding water, destroyed natural places – this is becoming the new reality of Greenland reports Glaciologist Jason Box. The smoke of industry (also referred to as human progress), continue to rise every year. Pollutants, Aerosols, and increases in wildfires and the soot that follows drift across oceans and settle in the ice of Greenland, among other large ice sheets, causing the ice to darken and in effect lose its ability to reflect sunlight. This causes more melting.
Some scientists have argued that there is no need to worry about the ice of Greenland – that it has survived other warming periods in Earth’s history. Increases in sea level? Don’t worry about it. Box argues that even though that may be true, the human addition of pollution – and the increased wildfires – in the air was barely a factor then.
The question that Jason has is does the soot from the increased wildfires (like those in Colorado) have an impact on the ice sheets?
Box and his team want to go to Greenland to continue testing the ice to see if the ice can still be saved, or if it’s already too late. Unfortunately they can’t get sponsored by the government, as they appear to have other things on their mind. The Dark Snow Project was created as a way to get support from the people that are worried or intrigued to show support through donations. Box says that this will be the first time “crowd sourcing” will be used to fund a scientific expedition.
Here’s a chance to be a part of crucial research, be recognized as a supporter and have the knowledge that you were a part of something greater. “The more we can cool climate, the slower Greenland’s loss will be,” says Box.
A documentary that was released in December, 2012 shows with beautiful imagery Greenland and just how fast everything is changing.