Global Warming: Earth Has Lost 28 Trillion Tonnes Of Ice In Less Than 30 Years
UK scientists who conducted study describe the level of ice loss as “staggering.”
A study conducted by scientists from Leeds and Edinburgh universities and University College London has found that the Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years. Global warming, caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions, has caused a magnanimous quantity of ice to melt into water bodies since 1994. The scientists have described the level of ice loss as “staggering” and have warned that their analysis indicates that there could be a one-metre rise in sea levels by the end of the century.
“In the past, researchers have studied individual areas – such as the Antarctic or Greenland – where ice is melting. But this is the first time anyone has looked at all the ice that is disappearing from the entire planet. What we have found has stunned us,” said Professor Andy Shepherd, director of Leeds University’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling. The researchers’ conclusion is that all the regions have suffered devastating reductions in ice cover in the past three decades and these losses are continuing.
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