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From The New York Times:

The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.

The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable. The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so, the scientists said, but sometime after that it will probably speed up so sharply as to become a crisis.


Two papers scheduled for publication this week, in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, attempt to make sense of an accelerated flow of glaciers seen in parts of West Antarctica in recent decades.

Almost certainly unstoppable. Yikes. Can't wait to tell my grand kids about the romantic New York City gondola rides they'll have to look forward to.

An image from the NYT article - the red area is where the ice sheet is likely doomed:

Originally posted to Animal Nuz on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS.

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