March 12, 2020

Ice in Greenland and Antarctica is melting six times faster

Photo by Paul Carroll

The Gist

The rate of ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland has accelerated nearly 6 times since 1990. As this ice melts, it could negatively affect 400 million people in the next 80 years.

The List

  • The ice melting rate has increased from 81 to 475 tonnes per year since 1990.
  • Between the years 1992 and 2017, 6.4 trillion tonnes of ice had melted.
  • During this time, the global water level has increased by 17.8 milimeters.
  • According to the simulations, ice from Greenland and Antarctica might cause an additional 17 centimeters increase in water level by 2100.

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