Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ice shelves prove climate change

The latest research findings from the British Antarctic Survey (www.antarctica.ac.uk) show that the Wilkins Ice Shelf (the size of Northern Ireland) is about to break from the Antarctic Peninsula because of rising temperatures due to man-made global warming.

The Antarctic Peninsula is an area in rapid climate change and has actually warmed faster than anywhere else in the southern hemisphere, rising by nearly 3°C over the past half century.

This has led to an increase in the volume of Antarctic glacier meltwater, which has weakened the ice shelves, and was responsible for the collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2002.

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