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DATE: January 13, 2016

SNIP: New research led by the University of Leuven (Belgium) and assisted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that cloud cover over the Greenland Ice Sheet is playing a larger role than previously thought by raising the temperature of the ice sheet some 2 to 3 degrees compared to days with no clouds.

The above process is likely accounting for as much as 30 percent of the ice sheet melt, according to the University of Wisconsin News. The impact of this could be a global sea level rise of an additional foot over the next 80 years, according to co-author Tristan L’Ecuyer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.