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Mon Jan 14, 2019, 04:19 PM

Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds

Source: The Washington Post



An alarming study shows massive East Antarctic ice sheet already is a significant contributor to sea-level rise

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis January 14 at 3:00 PM

Antarctic glaciers have been melting at an accelerating pace over the past four decades thanks to an influx of warm ocean water — a startling new finding that researchers say could mean sea levels are poised to rise more quickly than predicted in coming decades.

The Antarctic lost 40 billion tons of melting ice to the ocean each year from 1979 to 1989. That figure rose to 252 billion tons lost per year beginning in 2009, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That means the region is losing six times as much ice as it was four decades ago, an unprecedented pace in the era of modern measurements. (It takes about 360 billion tons of ice to produce one millimeter of global sea-level rise.)

“I don’t want to be alarmist,” said Eric Rignot, an Earth-systems scientist for the University of California at Irvine and NASA who led the work. But he said the weaknesses that researchers have detected in East Antarctica — home to the largest ice sheet on the planet — deserve deeper study.

“The places undergoing changes in Antarctica are not limited to just a couple places,” Rignot said. “They seem to be more extensive than what we thought. That, to me, seems to be reason for concern.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2019/01/14/ice-loss-antarctica-has-sextupled-since-s-new-research-finds/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 04:33 PM

1. "I don't want to be alarmist..." Um, we're a bit passed the point where it's appropriate to NOT be.

 

Little chance we'll stop or even mitigate what's coming, we doddled so fucking long.

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Mon Jan 14, 2019, 05:01 PM

2. republican lies about climate change are profoundly dangerous

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2019, 08:48 AM

3. Think it's Cyclical?

 

If so, you're Sick.

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