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Global ice loss increases at record rate

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The rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet 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 metres thick covering the whole of the UK.

The figures have been published today (Monday, 25 January) by a research team which is the first to carry out a survey of global ice loss using satellite data.

The 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.



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Wildlife will be fine, advanced civilization on the other hand... 


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Using the "short scale" for trillion, then for the UK to be covered 100mt deep in ice then it would require 2,233 Trillion tons of ice. Colud be wrong about that of course because mental arithmetic was never my strong suit.B)

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