27 Nov '15, 1am

West Antarctica ice will melt completely, it's just a question of when - https://t.co/OTdiYsJZNm

West Antarctica ice will melt completely, it's just a question of when - https://t.co/OTdiYsJZNm

Despite the fact that Antarctica is experiencing net gains of ice, the losses are occurring in particularly fragile areas. Specifically, the West Antarctica Ice Sheet (WAIS) is melting – and fast. The problem is not new and we’ve reported on it in the past but new data reveals the melt is more severe than previously thought. In mid-2014, NASA scientists said that WAIS had passed the point of no return, and the agency predicted the ice sheet wouldn’t survive more than 200 years. Now, a new study confirms the severity of the problem. The scientists who conducted the study, Johannes Feldmann and Anders Levermann of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, reported that they were unable to identify a set of circumstances in any model in which the ice sheet could be saved. Let that sink in for a moment.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/west-antarctica-ice-will-melt-comple...

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