You’ve heard the same spiel being brought forward by countless scientific entities, competent political heads, and world leaders over and over and over again. Yet, global warming is still a thing and if it isn’t addressed soon, it could lead to widespread global catastrophe in the near future.
Specifically, if greenhouse emissions continue to be unchecked, it’s looking like Greenland and Antarctica’s shrinking ice sheets could further exacerbate the current global climate change by contributing more than 15 inches (38 centimetres or 1 foot) of increasing sea-levels by 2100, a new study warns.
And that’s just the beginning.
Ocean Levels Could Increase By More Than A Foot Come The New Millennia
The findings are certainly in line with a myriad of scientific reports, specifically the projections in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2019 Special Report.
In the report, it’s stated that the meltwater from ice sheets contribute to about one-third of the total rise in sea-levels. And the primary contributors to the rise in global sea-levels have been projected to be 3.1 to 10.6 inches (8 to 27 cm) by Greenland between the year 2000 to 2100. On the other hand, Antarctica could also contribute about 1.2 to 11 inches (3 to 28 cm) in the same time span.
The study is one of many, many efforts around the globe to project the potential impact of an increasingly warming climate on melting ice sheets, understanding the causes, and to track sea-level rise.