Antarctica And Greenland Ice Sheets Are Melting At An Alarming Rate

Global warming is not a new topic. We’ve been hearing it for so long. Yet, little action is being taken by us as humans to make an effective impact on controlling it. Scientists have been stressing on this over and over again, too, especially about the ice sheets melting at an irreversible rate. In fact, at the moment, the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting so fast, increasing the global sea level by 0.7 inches during the past 20 years.

If this keeps on going, the sea levels could rise another 6.7 inches, according to scientists.

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Nature Climate Change is a new study and its lead author Tom Slater is a climate researcher at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds.

He stated the following:

“Although we anticipated the ice sheets would lose increasing amounts of ice in response to the warming of the oceans and atmosphere, the rate at which they are melting has accelerated faster than we could have imagined. The melting is overtaking the climate models we use to guide us, and we are in danger of being unprepared for the risks posed by sea level rise.”

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The co-author of the study is Anna Hogg and what she has to say about the alarmingly continuous rise in sea levels is that “If ice sheet losses continue to track our worst-case climate warming scenarios we should expect an additional 17 cm [6.7 inches] of sea level rise from the ice sheets alone. That’s enough to double the frequency of storm-surge flooding in many of the world’s largest coastal cities.”

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