Greenland, Antarctica Ice Is Irreversibly Adding to Sea Level Rise

Greenland, Antarctica Ice Is Irreversibly Adding to Sea Level Rise: Threatening Billion Coast Dwellers WorldWide reports Jeff Inglis at Global Post. This will boost previous sea rise estimates. The Jakobshavn (JI) Greenland glacier will continue its run into the sea for perhaps a century, while the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will do so for centuries, possibly millennia. Meanwhile, new research shows that northeast Greenland glacier s (NEGIS) have accelerated melting over the past decade, losing 10 billion tons of ice annually; this, too, won’t stop anytime soon. The inevitable contributions of these ice sources to rising seas is big enough to threaten coastal dwellers worldwide, and will boost previous estimate of sea level rise. Scientists don’t know how much more the sea level rise will speed up. We do know that it can’t be stopped, though, and that coastal dwellers will have to move. Not good news, folks.


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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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