Globally, ice is melting at a record rate


Meltstream cuts through Greenland ice sheetIan Joughin

The rate of global ice loss is speeding up, according to new research. And the findings also reveal that the Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017 – equivalent to a sheet of ice 100 meters thick covering the whole of the UK…

The research team, led by the University of Leeds, found that the rate of ice loss from the Earth has increased markedly within the past three decades, from 0.8 trillion tons per year in the 1990s to 1.3 trillion tons per year by 2017.

Ice melt across the globe raises sea levels, increases the risk of flooding to coastal communities, and threatens to wipe out natural habitats which wildlife depend on.

From nation to nation, we confront a core problem reacting to this disaster-in-motion. How many governments have the good sense to pay attention to scientific study? How long will a global response take to roll forward at speed – if a significant number of politicians continue to stick to policies leaving real solutions in the hands of future generations. Essentially, continue to do little or nothing.

3 thoughts on “Globally, ice is melting at a record rate

  1. Cassandra says:

    The world’s ice is melting so fast that sea level rise predictions can’t keep up. https://news.yahoo.com/surging-global-ice-melt-suggests-224608530.html
    “In the 1990s, the Earth’s ice was melting at a rate of about 760 billion tons per year. That has surged 60 percent to an average of 1.2 trillion tons per year in the 2010s, a study published Monday in the journal The Cryosphere estimates. And as another study published earlier this month in Science Advances makes clear, the problem is feeding into itself.”
    See also “Ocean forcing drives glacier retreat in Greenland” https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/1/eaba7282.abstract

  2. Hope says:

    “BlackRock is calling on companies to “disclose a plan for how their business model will be compatible with a net-zero economy,” per the New York Times’ coverage of CEO Larry Fink’s annual letter this morning.
    Why it matters: BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager. And per the NYT story, they’re vowing to back up their call by throwing more weight around with companies in their actively managed portfolio. https://www.axios.com/blackrock-larry-fink-climate-change-scrutiny-edd18f56-b3ab-4859-89ad-081eca78c0b1.html
    NYT: “BlackRock Chief Pushes a Big New Climate Goal for the Corporate World : Larry Fink is using his firm’s huge influence to pressure companies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/26/business/dealbook/larry-fink-letter-blackrock-climate.html
    “BlackRock’s Fink warns companies they need to show a net-zero plan” https://finance.yahoo.com/news/blackrocks-fink-warns-companies-show-123342917.html

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