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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Antarctica is shedding ice at an increasingly rapid rate, potentially imperiling coastlines around the world as sea levels increase in response, a new study finds.

Why it matters: Antarctica is already contributing a growing amount to sea level rise, the study found, and things could get much worse.

The big picture: The new study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that Antarctica has shed ice at a growing rate in recent decades.

  • From 1979 to 1990, the average annual ice mass loss rate was 40 billion metric tons per year.
  • This jumped to 252 billion metric tons per year, between 2009 to 2017.

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    There's no mistaking it now. Even though we don't have the final numbers, it is abundantly clear that the sea ice ringing the Antarctic continent has fallen precipitously -- reaching a record low just a few short years after it reached a record high.

    In 38 years of records dating back to 1979, the sea ice lows seen as of the end of February 2017 -- a time of year when ice in the Antarctic is at its annual minimum -- are unprecedented. The area of ocean covered by sea ice still appears to be shrinking, but as of Feb. 28, there were just 2.131 million square kilometers of floating ice surrounding Antarctica, according to near-real time data provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

    In 38 years of records dating back to 1979, Now there is a long range record.

    #1 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-01-15 12:17 PM | Reply

    Sniper's salty tears must be accelerating the melt.

    #2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-01-15 01:17 PM | Reply

    This has all of the makings of a bad Kevin Costner movie.

    #3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-15 01:20 PM | Reply


    @#3 ... This has all of the makings of a bad Kevin Costner movie. ...

    Not being a big movie fan, I don't get the reference. Can you explain?

    #4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-01-15 01:42 PM | Reply

    Lamp,

    The movie I was referring to is "Waterworld".

    #5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-15 01:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

    "This has all of the makings of a bad Kevin Costner movie."

    Thanks, climate deniers!

    #6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-01-15 02:45 PM | Reply

    @#5 ... Waterworld...

    OK, I'll take a look at it. thanks.

    #7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-01-15 02:59 PM | Reply

    I actually liked Waterworld. The live action show at Universal Studios Hollywood is pretty amazing.

    I get that the movie was silly since paper was money yet the smokers rolled cigarettes, but I still liked it.

    #8 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-01-15 05:20 PM | Reply

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