West Antarctic ice melt is now ‘unstoppable’: NASA

May 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Climate Change, Top Story

by Renee Lewis

Glaciers in western Antarctica are melting at an “unstoppable” rate that could cause worldwide sea levels to rise far quicker than previously thought, two groups of scientists said Monday.

Teams of researchers from NASA and the University of California said the ice sheets will continue to retreat for decades or even centuries to come, regardless of any human effort to reduce carbon emissions a primary cause of climate change ’ though warming temperatures could accelerate the process.

The new data could mean that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) prediction last month of a three-foot sea level rise by 2100 may have to be increased by as much as four feet, the studies said.

For more on this story, visit: West Antarctic ice melt is now ‘unstoppable,’ NASA report says | Al Jazeera America.

At least 10 feet of sea level rise is now guaranteed worldwide; it’s all but inevitable, a done deal. An ice sheet two miles thick has collapsed in West Antarctica—glaciologists have been dreading this moment for decades, though in recent years, it was more of a question of when than if—and there is nothing that can stop it from melting now.

For more on this story, visit: 10 Feet of Global Sea Level Rise Is Now Guaranteed | Motherboard.

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