NYT: Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly


A view from a NASA airplane of large icebergs that have broken from the calving side of Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica in November 2014. Photo by Jim Yungel/NASA

The New York Times reported this week on new research suggesting a disaster scenario of West Antarctic ice sheet disintegration could occur much sooner than previously thought.

“The paper published Wednesday (March 30) does contain some good news. A far more stringent effort to limit emissions of greenhouse gases would stand a fairly good chance of saving West Antarctica from collapse, the scientists found. That aspect of their paper contrasts with other recent studies postulating that a gradual disintegration of West Antarctica may have already become unstoppable.”

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