Melting ice in Greenland could expose toxic Cold War nuclear waste

A snow-covered former US army base in Greenland is at risk of leaking nuclear waste, as rising temperatures cause ice in the region to melt, according to a recent study published in the journal “Geophysical Research Letters”. The secret US army base was built in 1959 and then abandoned eight years later. The nuclear reactor was removed but radioactive waste with a mass equivalent to 30 Airbus A320 planes was left on site, buried under snow and ice. The study warns that by 2090, the amount of ice melting may no longer be offset by snowfall, meaning toxic chemicals could start leaking into the environment.

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