Study: Actions today will decide Antarctic ice sheet loss and sea level rise

This article points out that we don’t have much time to stop ice sheets from melting, which affects sea level rise. A new study finds that waiting 5 extra years to peak carbon pollution will cost 20 cm sea level rise.

A new study published in Nature looks at how much global sea level will continue to rise even if we manage to meet the Paris climate target of staying below 2°C hotter than pre-industrial temperatures. The issue is that sea levels keep rising for several hundred years after we stabilize temperatures, largely due to the continued melting of ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland from the heat already in the climate system.


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