ACCELERATED ANTARCTIC MELTDOWN THREATENS 2 METER SEA RISE AND INUNDATION OF COASTAL CITIES BY 2100

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18 may 2017

Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea

The New York Times, May 18, 2017

The acceleration [of Antarctic ice melt] is making some scientists fear that Antarctica’s ice sheet may have entered the early stages of an unstoppable disintegration.

Because the collapse of vulnerable parts of the ice sheet could raise the sea level dramatically, the continued existence of the world’s great coastal cities — Miami, New York, Shanghai and many more — is tied to Antarctica’s fate.

...A rapid disintegration of Antarctica might, in the worst case, cause the sea to rise so fast that tens of millions of coastal refugees would have to flee inland, potentially straining societies to the breaking point. Climate scientists used to regard that scenario as fit only for Hollywood disaster scripts. But these days, they cannot rule it out with any great confidence.

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