Antarctic doomsday glacier set to collapse

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The mass of ice is the size of Britain and as it melts already contributes four percent to annual sea level rises. Scientists say the Thwaites Glacier in western Antarctica now risks collapse and may last “just a few more years” as the warming ocean waters remove the ice from below.

The researchers said: “If this floating ice shelf breaks apart, it will accelerate and its contribution to sea level rise will increase by as much as 25 percent.”

Meanwhile, it reached a record 100F in Arctic Siberia in June 2020.

At the time it was typically 18F above normal in the region said the World Meteorological Organisation.

WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas said the Arctic record temperature sounded “the alarm bells about our changing climate”.

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