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The sun rises two days early in Greenland, sparking fears that climate change is accelerating

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Climate change? The sun rose in Ilulissat, Greenland, two days early on Tuesday, ending a month-and-a-half of winter darkness. One theory is that melting ice caps have lowered the horizon allowing the sun to shine through earlier.

The sun over Greenland has risen two days early, baffling scientists and sparking fears that Arctic icecaps are melting faster than previously thought.

Experts say the sun should have risen over the Arctic nation’s most westerly town, Ilulissat, yesterday, ending a month-and-a-half of winter darkness.

But for the first time in history light began creeping over the horizon at around 1pm on Tuesday – 48 hours ahead of the usual date of 13 January.

The mysterious sunrise has confused scientists, although it is believed the most likely explanation is that it is down to the lower height of melting icecaps allowing the sun’s light to penetrate through earlier.

Thomas Posch, of the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Vienna, said that a local change of the horizon was ‘by far the most obvious explanation’.

He said as the ice sinks, so to does the horizon, creating the illusion that the sun has risen early.

This theory, based on the gradual decline of Greenland’s ice sheet, is backed by recent climate studies.

A report by the World Meteorology Organisation shows that temperatures in Greenland have risen around 3C above average over the last year.

Low horizon: The fishing town of Ilulissat is Greenland's most westerly habitation. Temperatures in Greenland have risen 3C above average over the last year.

It also reported that December was much warmer than usual with rainfall instead of snow recorded for the first time in Kuujjuaq since records began.

It has even been suggested that the sun’s early appearance could have an astronomical explanation.

But Wolfgang Lenhardt, director of the department of geophysics at the Central Institute for Meteorology in Vienna, scotched this theory.

He said: ‘The constellation of the stars has not changed. If that had happened, there would have been an outcry around the world.

‘The data of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s rotation are monitored continuously and meticulously and we would know if that had happened.’


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  • Staal

    The global warming alarmists and fraudsters were predicting our world to become dryer and warmer. We are drowning and the northern hemisphere is freezing. The Bureau of Meteorology (AU), Met office (UK), IPCC/UN and government officials must be held accountable for not making sensible weather forecasts based on climate cycles/history, common sense, satellite data, etc. Global warming/ climate change hidden agendas must stop!

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  • David Robertson

    Of course there are changes in the climate. The climate has changed, is changing and will change cyclically while the Earth remains. The bone of contention is what causes these changes.

    Piers Corbyn at Weather Action has comprehensively debunked the CO2 caused climate change and has done so by predicting major weather events using his Solar Lunar model and so demonstrating that is is the Sun activity and the Moon phases that cause climate change.


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  • Screet

    Northern hemisphere freezing? How comes you think that?

    Yes, we had a little bit of snow in december and temperatures at -10C, but during my childhood that was normal and the amount of snow often was much more.

    However, now we should still have similar temperature – but everything did melt away. Birds fly north&east en masse and todays extremes were +18C in the shadow and +28C out in the sun. It’s pretty much weather like in april.

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  • Screet

    Could it be that the atmosphere was somehow formed different compared to normal conditions? Shouldn’t that allow the light to be seen earlier? If so, what did cause that to happen? Highly different air pressure or temperature?

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  • Karl

    What a bunch of bunk. Ever since we found they were publishing false data I have been pretty skeptical about the whole global warming (sky is falling) camp.

    We have had a dang cold winter here in Canada this year and we have more snow so far than we have had in 25 years. Dryer and hotter is not the case.

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