Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Way Faster Than Expected, Scientists Warn

The Extinction Chronicles

The planet’s largest ice sheet is losing more than 240 billion tons of ice every year — a threefold increase from what it was less than a decade ago.

The Antarctic ice sheet is melting at a faster rate than at any previously recorded time, according to a comprehensive new study.

The planet’s largest ice sheet is now losing more than 240 billion tons of ice every year ― a threefold increase from less than a decade ago. The melting is happening so fast that it could cause sea levels to rise 6 inches by the end of the century, the study projects.

The accelerating pace of melting means rising sea levels could threaten coastal communities far earlier than scientists had expected. North America, particularly the East Coast of the U.S., could be particularly hard-hit.

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