Antarctica and Greenland Are on Track for the Worst-Case Climate Scenario

As the world’s ice sheets have been cracking up and melting down, climatologists have warned that further decimation could cause devastating levels of sea level Now, a recent study shows that ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are melting at a pace on par with the worst-case climate scenarios scientists have predicted, putting coastal communities where millions of people reside at risk.

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The rate seen in that one decade period, the researchers found, lines up almost perfectly with the IPCC’s 2014 report’s worst-case scenario. “Although we anticipated the ice sheets would lose increasing amounts of ice in response to the warming of the oceans and atmosphere, the rate at which they are melting has accelerated faster than we could have imagined,” said Tom Slater, lead author of the study and climate researcher at the Center for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds, in a statement.

It may require completely reimagining the climate models used to estimate sea level rise. “Although we anticipated the ice sheets would lose increasing amounts of ice in response to the warming of the oceans and atmosphere, the rate at which they are melting has accelerated faster than we could have imagined,” said Slater. “The melting is overtaking the climate models we use to guide us, and we are in danger of being unprepared for the risks posed by sea level rise. The Venture Bros.

That would double the frequency of dangerous storm-surge flooding in many of the world’s biggest coastal cities, and expose an additional 16 million people to dangerous annual coastal flooding. “That’s enough to double the frequency of storm-surge flooding in many of the world’s largest coastal cities,” Anna Hogg, study co-author and climate researcher in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, said in a statement.

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