Antarctica Glaciers Melting 3 Times Faster than 10 Years Ago

American Geophysical Union | —

West Antarctic melt rate has tripled

“Joint Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A comprehensive, 21-year analysis of the fastest-melting region of Antarctica has found that the melt rate of glaciers there has tripled during the last decade.

The glaciers in the Amundsen Sea Embayment in West Antarctica are hemorrhaging ice faster than any other part of Antarctica and are the most significant Antarctic contributors to sea level rise. This study by scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and NASA is the first to evaluate and reconcile observations from four different measurement techniques to produce an authoritative estimate of the amount and the rate of loss over the last two decades.

“The mass loss of these glaciers is increasing at an amazing rate,” said scientist Isabella Velicogna, jointly of UCI and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.”

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Related video added by Juan Cole:

teleSUR English: “The Antarctic is Melting”

6 Responses

  1. So we need another war pretty bad to keep our minds off it and reinvigorate our underfunded military. Fortunately Christmas sale prices are aggressive right now, a boon to all.

  2. Somebody needs to tell the producers of this item that the music is far too loud, so that whatever the narrator is saying is drowned out. What is happening isn the Antarctic imust be communicated to an indifferent world – and this unfo9rtunately does not communicatgre very effectively.

  3. And counter-intuitively the denialist claim that the ice in Antarctica is increasing -which is actually winter sea ice extent, has been discovered to be related to the fresh water from the melting ice shelves. It seems the less dense fresh water from glacial melt insulates the sea ice from the warm salt water currents.

  4. In case you want to read the actual paper, you can pay Wiley –which is, to put it delicately, not a nonprofit organization — $6 for 48hrs of access, $15 for cloud read-only access, or $35 for the pdf. Let me guess that this research was funded in numerous ways by the government. Science marches on, but the piper must be paid.

  5. Global warming deniers who seize upon the Antarctic sea ice and other notional straws to buttress their denialism . . . should be encouraged to invest all the money they have and all the money they can borrow in buying up all the seaside oceanfront property they can afford. What a contrarian investment opportunity is laid out before them
    Meanwhile, those who understand the Global is heating can try guessing how fast the oceans will rise and how far they will spread.
    “I bought some beach front property in Arkansas.”
    “Arkansas”?
    “Just wait awhile.”

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