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January 14, 2019 - Motherboard

Antarctica Is Losing Six Times As Much Ice Mass As It Was 40 Years Ago

Antarctica Is Losing Six Times As Much Ice Mass As It Was 40 Years Ago
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Antarctica is losing six times more ice annually than it was 40 years ago, according to a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The acceleration in Antarctic ice melt, which is linked in part to anthropogenic climate change, has caused global sea levels to rise by more than half an inch since 1979. 

"That's just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak," lead author Eric Rignot, a NASA research scientist and UC Irvine professor, said in a statement. "As the Antarctic ice sheet continues to melt away, we expect multi-meter sea level rise from Antarctica in the coming centuries."



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