Greenland’s residents grapple with global warming – Global warming is reshaping Greenland – Economic Times
Global warming is reshaping Greenland
In pic: Seal hunter Henrik Josvasson jumps back onto his boat after searching for puffin eggs near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland.
Snow covered mountains rise
But global warming is reshaping the world’s largest island, causing the ice sheet to melt at a faster rate than previously thought.
In pic: Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland.
Julius Nielsen, 40, who lives about 45 km (28 miles) from Tasiilaq, has been hunting and fishing in the area most of his life.
“There’s no snow, it’s too hot and the water is not freezing,” said Nielsen. A thin, frail ice sheet – or lack of ice – pose a big problem for locals like Nielsen who are not able to go hunting with their sled dogs, or have to take alternate routes.
In pic: The setting sun illuminates the face of seal hunter Henrik Josvasson near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland.
Rising sea level
In pic: An abandoned house stands on the shore of a fjord near Tasiilaq, Greenland.
Nielsen said that, over the last 10 years, it has become increasingly hard to reach usual hunting grounds with sled dogs due to unpredictable weather, thinning ice or no ice at all.
“Every year we see the glaciers, the landscape, the ice sheet melting and melting,” he said. “What we know from our ancestors is almost gone and we cannot take it back. We have to find new tools.”
In pic: An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland.
Boon for local fishing
In addition, fish such as mackerel, usually not found in the icy seawater of Greenland, are now abundant – a boon for the local fishing industry, Moeller and Nielsen said.
In pic: Seal hunter Henrik Josvasson pulls a common loon into his boat while seal hunting near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland.
“Go and see the glaciers before they disappear. That’s the thing you hear again and again,” Moeller said.
In pic: A woman and child hold hands as they walk on the street in the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland.