Antarctica is melting

This undated handout photo from NASA shows the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctic.
This undated handout photo from NASA shows the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctic.

Antarctica is melting faster than ever before and it could have a major effect on coastal cities.

Unless you’re a climate change-denying Republican, in which case, not only is climate change a hoax, but Antarctica probably doesn’t even exist. It’s all a plot by Obama to distract from Benghazi.

(Washington Post) For two decades, scientists have kept a close watch on a vast, icebound corner of West Antarctica that is undergoing a historic thaw. Climate experts have predicted that, centuries from now, the region’s mile-thick ice sheet could collapse and raise sea levels as much as 11 feet.

Now, new evidence is causing concern that the collapse could happen faster than anyone thought. New scientific studies this week have shed light on the speed and the mechanics of West Antarctic melting, documenting an acceleration that, if it continues, could have major effects on coastal cities worldwide.

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