Antarctica could be headed for major meltdown

February 22, 2016
Ralph Timmermann/Alfred Wegener Institute
Antarctica’s glaciers are the size of the United States and Mexico combined, and they contain enough water to raise the world’s sea level by 180 feet.
Ralph Timmermann/Alfred Wegener Institute

Previous research showed that ice shelves are vulnerable to even small increases in greenhouse gases, but the new study was the first to demonstrate that huge, land-based glaciers are also vulnerable. The study provides even more proof that the world must get on a path to renewable energy to avert most extreme consequences of climate change.

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