Since 1994, Earth Has Lost 28 Trillion Tonnes Of Ice And We Can Thank Global Warming For That

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Since 1994, Earth Has Lost 28 Trillion Tonnes Of Ice And We Can Thank Global Warming For That

In another shocking revelation about the current climate crisis, a group of British scientists have found that a ‘staggering’ 28 trillion tonnes of ice has melted from the planet since 1994.

According to reports, the scientists have analysed satellite surveys of the planet’s poles, mountains and glaciers to measure how much ice coverage lost because of global heating. 

Published in the journal Cryosphere Discussions, the research has drawn attention towards the fact that the melting of ice in “staggering” quantities is reducing the Earth’s ability to reflect solar radiation back into space. 

The group found that melting glaciers and ice sheets could cause sea levels to rise dramatically, possibly reaching a metre (three feet) by the end of the century.

"To put that in context, every centimeter of sea-level rise means about a million people will be displaced from their low-lying homelands," Professor Andy Shepherd, director of Leeds University's Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, told The Guardian.

 

The report also added, “Just over half (60 %) of the ice loss was from the northern hemisphere, and the remainder (40 %) was from the southern hemisphere. The rate of ice loss has risen by 57 % since the 1990s – from 0.8 to 1.2 trillion tonnes per year.” 

The findings match the worst-case-scenario predictions outlined by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientists have confirmed.

"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," said Shepherd, according to the Guardian. "What we have found has stunned us."

The findings come a week after researchers at Ohio State University discovered that Greenland's ice sheet might have passed a point of no return.

According to the researchers, snowfall that replenishes the country's glaciers each year can no longer keep up with the pace of ice melt, which means that the Greenland ice sheet will continue to lose ice even if global temperatures stop rising.

 

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