GLOBAL WARMING: 28 TRILLION TONNES OF ICE LOST

GLOBAL WARMING OR GLOBAL WARNING? Since 1994, Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice as per two UK scientists who have been studying and analyzing the satellite images of the planet’s poles, glaciers, and mountains. The scientists analyzed the cause behind disappearing ice coverage to be global warming that has been triggered by the increased emission of greenhouses gases.

Both the scientists are based at the University College London and Leeds and Edinburgh universities have termed the melting ice glaciers and ice sheets to be “staggering” and have warned that such a level of ice loss indicates towards a rise in the sea level.

Prof Andy Shepherd, director of Leeds University’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling stated “In the past researchers have studied individual areas – such as the Antarctic or Greenland – where ice is melting. But this is the first time anyone has looked at all the ice that is disappearing from the entire planet. What we have found has stunned us.”

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The scientists have further warned of an increase in global warming due to the rapid melting of the ice caps since Earth’s ability to reflect back the solar radiation into space is on a decline. The melted ice caps that have exposed the dark sea or soil exposed to the radiations are absorbing more heat which ultimately increases the temperature of the planet.

Apart from this, the melting of glaciers in the mountains means that the community there is at risk of losing their sources of freshwater. The cold fresh pouring in from the ice sheets also happens to destruct the biological health of Antarctic and Arctic waters.

Prof Shepherd was also seen stating in this regard that “To put that in context, every centimetre of sea level rise means about a million people will be displaced from their low-lying homelands”.

According to scientists, the sea level could rise about a meter by the end of the century.


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