West Antarctic ice sheet

Antarctica Temperatures 1957-2006
Antarctica Temperatures 1957-2006

The West Antarctic ice sheet is collapsing due to global warming.

Three studies have all concluded that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun to collapse. This collapse will impact humanity for generations to come, and the indications are that it is too late to stop it.

Effects of the West Antarctic ice sheet collapsing and melting include:

  • Satellite measurements compiled by UK researchers have shown that Antarctica is losing 160 billion tonnes of ice per year
  • Sea level rises up to 3m over 100 years
  • Inundation of low-lying coastal areas – displacing millions of people
  • Loss of rice-growing areas across Asia including Vietnam, Bangladesh, Egypt and China (3 million hectares).

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