18 Jun '18, 3pm

The melting of Antarctic ice is accelerating

UN Climate Change News, 18 June 2018 - Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting more rapidly than previously expected, a scientific study published in the scientific research journal Nature has revealed, adding to the sense of urgency to act on climate change and to finalize the rulebook of the Paris Agreement at the end of this year. The study, funded by NASA and the European Space Agency ESA, concludes that losses from the continent have tripled since 2012, with meanwhile 180 billion tonnes of ice pouring into the ocean every year. Scientists fear that if climate change is not controlled swiftly, the ice sheets in Antarctica could collapse because of climate change, leading to a rise in sea levels which would have disastrous consequences for low-lying cities and communities. Apart from the flooding of the coastal areas, rising sea levels contaminate freshwater sources, and salt...

Full article: https://unfccc.int/news/melting-of-antarctic-ice-is-accel...

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