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Antarctic glaciers are melting six times faster than in the 1970s

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GLACIERS are melting six times faster today than they were in the 1970s, prompting scientists to warn sea-level rise could be far faster than the already catastrophic projections.

New research from the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and NASA found the Antarctic lost 40 billion tonnes of melting ice to the ocean each year from 1979 to 1989. That figure rose to 252 billion tonnes lost per year from 2009 through 2017.

The scientists combined 40 years of satellite images and climate modelling and found the East Antarctic Ice Sheet – considered largely insulated from the ravages of climate change – may also be melting at an accelerating rate.

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It takes 360 billion tons of ice to produce one millimetre of global sea-level rise. In total the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet has caused global sea levels to rise by at least 13.8 millimetres over the past 40 years.

If the results from the latest study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are correct, the additional ice........

© Asian Correspondent