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Unstoppable Antarctic ice sheet collapse – expert responds

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 14th, 2014.

Major glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are melting faster than expected, and the entire sheet is now headed for inevitable collapse, according to two research papers publicised this week. The first, from the journal Geophysical Research Letters, draws on 40 years of observations of West Antarctica’s glaciers and multiple lines of evidence to conclude that glaciers on the […]

Radio NZ: Climate research reveals role of ocean warming

Peter Griffin posted in on January 17th, 2011.

Research led by a New Zealand scientist has revealed the major cause behind the significant melting of the West Antarctica ice sheet at the end of the last glacial age. The retreat was caused primarily by ocean warming (rather than rising sea levels), and the study’s lead author, Dr Andrew Mackintosh, says it suggests there […]

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