Doubling of Antarctic ice loss revealed by European satellite

Posted by colin.hargreaves@aoc.org.au on May 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Continent shedding 160 billion tonnes a year, CryoSat-2 shows, just days after warning over western ice sheet's collapse

Damian Carrington

theguardian.com, Tuesday 20 May 2014 02.08 AEST

Antarctica is shedding 160 billion tonnes a year of ice into the ocean, twice the amount of a few years ago, according to new satellite observations. The ice loss is adding to the rising sea levels driven by climate change and even east Antarctica is now losing ice.

The new revelations follows the announcement last week that the collapse of the western Antarctica ice sheet has already begun and is unstoppable, although it may take many centuries to complete.


Categories: Big Picture - The Oceans, News Items, Big Picture - International

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