Ice in Antarctica and Greenland is disappearing faster and may drive sea levels higher than predicted this century, according to leaked United Nations documents.
West Antarctica’s biggest glacier is melting 50 percent faster than in 1994, adding to a global increase in sea levels, U.S. and U.K. scientists found.
Antarctic researchers found as much as 400 billion metric tons of carbon hidden under the ice sheets, with the potential to seep out as methane and accelerate global warming.
Sea ice surrounding Antarctica is expanding due to increased winds, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.
British scientists plan to start drilling in Antarctica today in their quest to discover whether life exists in a lake that’s been isolated for hundreds of thousands of years 3 kilometers (2 miles) below the ice.