Danish scientists are reporting record high temperatures and early ice melts in Greenland this year, and are calling it "disturbing."
Greenland is owned by Denmark, and the Danish Meteorological Institute monitors conditions there. They reported that summer temperatures this year were 2.3C above the 1981-2010 average, and reached the highest since recording started in 1895.
They also reported that the seasonal melting of Greenland's vast ice sheet had reached record levels, both in how early and how much. Peter Langen of DMI told media that "Something like this wipes out all kinds of records, you can't help but go this could be a sign of things we're going to see more often in the future."
The Greenland ice sheet, a potentially massive contributor to rising sea levels, lost mass twice as fast between 2003 and 2010 as during the entire 20th century, researchers said in December.