The world’s largest ice sheet in Antarctica has been found to be more vulnerable to melting than previously thought and Australian scientists say the race is on to prevent a horrible awakening.
Race to save Antarctica’s largest ice sheet from climate change
The world’s largest ice sheet can still be protected from the ravages of climate change if the Paris pact succeeds, Australian scientists say.
The East Antarctic sheet, due south of Tasmania, has been dubbed a sleeping giant for good reason. If the entire area were to melt, global sea levels would rise 52 metres.
The sheet has long been considered less vulnerable to warming oceans because it sits on higher ground. As a result, it’s been the subject of relatively little research.
But scientists who have just reviewed everything known so far about the behemoth now say it’s not as stable and protected as once thought.