Antarctica collapse not ‘inevitable’, study finds

One of the many problems with global warmingis that the glaciers melting earlier and earlier and fasterup to three times faster than before depending on WWF. Glaciers and polar ice caps could thus experience “tipping points”, beyond which the consequences of global warming will be irreversible, both for the human species and for biodiversity. Last September, a scientific study warned of the melting of the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica. Called “the glacier of the apocalypse”, its total disappearance would cause an unprecedented rise in sea levels which would modify the continents. But to a certain extent, nothing is decided yet and their fate is still in our hands. Indeed, the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet is not “inevitable”, researchers concluded in a new study published Monday in Nature Communications.

Is the collapse of the ice cap in West Antarctica irreversible? While some scientists fear it, regardless of future climate change, others are more nuanced. A team of researchers in the United States and the United Kingdom have observed the evolution of West Antarctica, which is home to giant, highly unstable glaciers and contains enough ice to raise sea levels by 3.3 meters. According to their satellite readings, the rate of ice sheet retreat has slowed in a vulnerable region…

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