Study of Antarctic sea ice collapse warns of potential 10-foot sea rise – T hinkProgress

Pack ice melting in spring in Antarctica’s Weddel Sea. CREDIT: Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The faster the ocean warms, the faster key Antarctic glaciers will disintegrate.

Joe Romm Jan 15, 2019, 12:44 pm

A stunning new study on Antarctic sea ice collapse greatly raises the risk of a 10-foot sea level rise this century if President Donald Trump’s climate policies aren’t quickly reversed.

Warming ocean waters drove a 6-fold increase in annual ice mass loss from the Antarctic ice sheet between 1979 and 2017, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It’s been known for a while that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) was unstable and collapsing at an accelerating rate due to global warming. But the new study finds that parts of the vastly larger East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) are also disintegrating.

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