It is confirmed, Antarctica is melting faster!

A new study published recently in the journal Nature shows that indeed Antarctica is melting at a faster rate than previously thought. Bad news for coastal areas as the rate of melt has doubled since 2012. With a faster rate of melt one can expect that this will contribute 6 inches to the sea level rise by 2100, at the upper level of what had been previously estimated by various panels. This means that instead of Brooklyn being flooded once a year it would now be flooded 20 times a year. A real nuisance to the people living there I would assume.

Of course not only Antarctica is melting. Greenland is melting as well as it has lost an estimated 1 trillion tons of ice between 2011 and 2014. With oceans warming and their waters expanding this means that the sea levels will also rise.

With better satellites in orbit observing the polar regions we now can be very sure about things like rates of melting in such areas. The idea that as the climate warms this will increase precipitation and that this would also mean more ice at the poles was disproved by the new studies.

With the Trump administration advocating cuts to Earth observation programs we risk missing out on future details about rates of melt in the polar area and so endangering communities who live along the various coasts worldwide.

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4 responses to “It is confirmed, Antarctica is melting faster!

  1. “With a faster rate of melt one can expect that this will contribute 6 inches to the sea level rise by 2100, at the upper level of what had been previously estimated by various panels. ”

    Wow, that means the previous (and recent) fears of a one meter rise in sea level were exaggerated. The problem is that we do not have a long enough baseline of data to determine if this is a natural cycle or not. The whole manmade global warming scare is being exposed as a cherry picking data scam. Let’s stop the overfishing and the plastic from getting into the seas. These are the more pressing issues.

    • No, it is not a cherry-picking scam, and no, the climate is changing and we are responsible for it. Read better, and stop watching Fox News!!

      • Phil, I do not watch Fox News. I wrote manmade global warming above. I am not disputing the powerful influence of solar cycles on Earth’s weather. But, pray tell, how can we on Earth do anything about the Sun’s activity?

  2. The sun is not the main influence on climate change, man is. I assumed that as an American you follow Fox News….

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