Greenland’s “Scary” Future

 

Photographer and Filmmaker Heidi Piiroinen is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the project ‘Losing Greenland’To see Heidi ’s body of work, click on any image.

 

 

 

 

 

Global warming is reshaping the world’s largest island, causing the ice sheet to melt at a faster rate than previously thought, according to recent research. Continued global warming will accelerate melting of the ice sheet and contribute to rising sea levels worldwide.

Summer 2019 was exceptionally warm. On the first day of August alone, 12.5 billion tonnes of ice were melted in Greenland. It is a daily record of measurement and evaluation history dating back to the 1950s.

The series is set in Oqaatsut, a town with 30 inhabitants located 260 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. The icebergs outside the village are half the size they used to be, and the whales that swim around in the area are no longer behaving like before. Scary, as some of the inhabitants have said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previously published in Helsingin Sanomat

All images and text © Heidi Piiroinen

 

 

See also:

Black Hole Mama

By Heidi Piiroinen

 

 

 

 

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