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Antarctica thaws faster as ever before

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 3, 2019
Clare Nullis
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Antarctica melts faster as ever before and the extent of its ice sheet last May was the lowest recorded, informed the spokeswoman of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Clare Nullis.

The increase in the melting of Antarctica was accentuated as of 2014 and climate models predict that the ice sheet will go on falling off as greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, causing climate change, increases.

According to WMO, Antarctica will lose one-third of its total icy surface by the end of this century.

The data were debated at a meeting on the Antarctic Treaty, which is currently being held in Prague, until July 11.

WMO warns that for several future generations the GHG concentration increase will contribute to global warming, as well as melting ice, retreating glaciers, rising sea levels, oceanic heat and extreme weather events. Up to 90 percent of the planet's fresh water is frozen on ice cores in Antarctica, a continent roughly the size of the United States and Mexico together.

If all that ice melted, it would be enough to raise sea levels in the world by 70 meters, it will be a very slow gradual process.


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