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Alaska ice melting 2019

News Claim: Messages are circulating on various social media platforms that, The country of Iceland has held a funeral for its first glacier lost to the climate crisis. The once massive Okjökull glacier, now completely gone, has been commemorated with a plaque that reads: “A letter to the future. Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

 

Alaska’s Sea Ice Completely Melted for First Time in Recorded History. The country of Iceland has held a funeral for its first glacier lost to the climate crisis. The once massive Okjökull glacier, now completely gone, has been commemorated with a plaque that reads: “A letter to the future. Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”


False claim, Alaska’s Sea Ice Completely Melted for First Time in Recorded History , the article published by truthout claiming forst time, sounds good and attractive headline,

 

Facts Check: False, not the first time.

 

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Facts Check Analysis

Alaska is the northernmost and westernmost state in the United States and has the most easterly longitude in the United States because the Aleutian Islands extend into the Eastern Hemisphere.[9] Alaska is the only non-contiguous U.S. state on continental North America; about 500 miles (800 km) of British Columbia (Canada) separates Alaska from Washington.

 

The image shared on social media is of Okjökull glacier, where People attend a monument unveiling at the site of Okjökull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change, in the west of Iceland on August 18, 2019. But this was not the first time the ICE melted at Alaska. But yes it mented little early this year as reported by mashable.

In the continually warming Arctic, sea ice has completely melted around the Alaskan coast before, notably during 2017's melt season, but never this early. "It's cleared earlier than it has in any other year," said Thoman. (Sea ice starts regrowing again in the fall, when temperatures drop.)

Our fact checking does not consider that if the climate is changing or adverse effects, our main concern was to highlight that this was not the first time when the Ice melted at Alaska.