A Cambridge scientist has warned that the “decaying” of the Greenland ice sheet risks pushing up the sea level and threatens coastal cities around the world. Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics and head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at the University of Cambridge, said he had observed first hand drastic changes to conditions in the Arctic. The 71-year-old, who has led 55 expeditions to the region during his career, compared flowing melt water to the “Niagara Falls” as ice in the region disappeared. Speaking to the Press Association from near the settlement of Kangerlussuaq on the south-west edge of Greenland, Mr Wadhams said there had been “large changes” to the area since his last visit five years ago. “It’s certainly a far more rapid rate of ice loss going on now than at any time in the past,” he said.
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