The rate at which the Antarctic ice sheets are melting has trebled over the past decade, research shows (writes Oliver Moody). Images taken from space over the past quarter of a century show that the vast ice shelves in the west of the continent are beginning to collapse and break up, leaking about 160 billion tonnes of water into the oceans and pushing up sea levels at a rate of 6mm per decade.
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The rate of sea level rise resulting from the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet has tripled over the past five years, according to new research from a global team of scientists. The study, published in Nature, finds that ice loss from Antarctica has caused sea levels to rise by 7.6mm from 1992-2017, with two fifths of this increase occurring since 2012.
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