New Atlas Recognizes World's Newest Island - Direct Result of Climate Change

Uunartoq Qeqertoq photo

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Uunartoq Qeqertaq is the world's newest island: translated from Inuit as "Warming Island," it was attached to a Greenland peninsula as recently as 2002. But Arctic ice began melting with increasing speed, and Uunartoq Qeqertaq was discovered as its own island in 2005. Scientists say the island exists directly because of climate change—and it is now officially included in the latest edition of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World.The atlas, the Guardian explains, includes nearly 7,000 new countries and places, "reflecting political change in Africa, administrative changes in China, burgeoning cities in developing countries, climate change, and large infrastructure projects which have changed the flow of rivers, lakes and coastlines."

More from the Guardian on other recent changes that are reflected in the atlas:

The world's biggest physical changes in the past few years are mostly seen nearest the poles where climate change has been most extreme. Greenland appears considerably browner round the edges, having lost around 15%, or 300,000 sq km, of its permanent ice cover. Antarctica is smaller following the break-up of the Larsen B and Wilkins ice shelves.

More on Arctic ice:
Melting Arctic Ice Releases Stored Toxic Chemicals
Arctic Ice Still Melting, But We May Never See An Actual Tipping Point
When the Arctic's Ice-Free, What Happens to the Polar Bears?

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