24 Aug '12, 1pm

Antarctic temperature spike linked to ongoing ice loss

Antarctic temperature spike linked to ongoing ice loss

We’ve talked a lot about how quickly the Arctic ice is melting . Yesterday, ye olde Grist List shared a photo of pooled water from melted ice at the North Pole. (If you would like an up-to-the-minute view of North Pole ice, the NOAA has you covered . If the camera appears to be submerged in ocean water surrounded by ice cubes, please call 311.) Antarctic ice loss. Red indicates more loss; green, less. (Image courtesy of NASA.) As you may recall from school / globes / common sense, the Earth has another region of frozen desert — and the Antarctic isn’t doing much better, ice-loss-wise. From Climate Central : Scientists are intrigued with this corner of the world because it’s warming faster than anyplace else on Earth. The planet as a whole has heated up by about 1.3°F since 1900, but on the peninsula, it has shot up by a whopping 5° in just 50 years, forcing massive ice she...

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