The main reason for the world’s rising sea levels is the melting of Greenland’s ice cap and glaciers, occuring at an unprecedented speed.
For the people in the south of Greenland, this is actually good news: due to the absence of snow and ice they can grow crops now – potatoes, unions, salad and even strawberries. People hope this will make them less dependent on Danish imports and that food prices would decrease.
In the north of Greenland it is a different story; here sea ice is disappearing and glaciers are retreating at a fast speed. In 2012 there was an extreme melting event where almost 100% of the icecap melted at the surface. On average, the summer melt currently lasts 70% longer than it did in the early 1970s. If the entire Greenland icecap melts, oceans would rise by 7 meters on average.
For traditional hunters life has become difficult and (sea) animals are facing difficult times trying to survive in this changing environment.