What happens if it all melts?
SUMMIT COUNTY — Nearly every day, there’s a new scientific study that points out the risks associated with the accelerated pattern of global warming that we’ve caused with greenhouse gas emissions. One of the most recent research projects suggests that even a slight warming subsurface ocean temperatures could trigger a speedy collapse of coastal ice shelves, with subsequent rise in sea levels.
There’s much more at stake than just the scenic beauty of these areas. The giant sheets of ice at the ends of the Earth are global climate controllers. Losing them could inexorably and irreversibly change the entire climate system of the planet. Doesn’t really seem worth the risk, does it?
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