Antarctic Ice Melt Accelerates, Tripling since 2012

According to data collected between 1992 and 2017, the rate of Antarctic ice melt is projected to have catastrophic consequences unless swift decisions are made to tackle global warming.

Here are the stats:

  • Antarctica has lost three trillion tonnes of ice over the last 25 years, almost half of which occurred during the last 5 years.

  • The rate of melting has tripled since 2012.

  • If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase as they have done in the past, sea levels could rise by up to two meters by the end of the century, putting half a billion human lives at risk.

"There is still time to prevent major meltdown of the ice sheets if nations collectively reduce their emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement target of 2C warming above pre-industrial levels," says Professor Tim Naish, who contributed to the study.

According to Naish, we are not remotely close to being on target for the Paris Agreement, and this is evident from the rapid sea level rise drowning coastal cities in recent years.

"As individuals, we need to acknowledge the impact that our lifestyle choices have on the environment," says Nick Golledge, an associate professor at the Antarctic Research Centre.

"As a society we need to rapidly transition to a low-carbon footprint, and the easiest way to do that is to adopt an entirely plant-based diet."

Plant based diets not only require far fewer resources than the animal-based "Standard American Diet," but their carbon footprint is dramatically lower. Removing environmentally-taxing animal products from our diet is the simplest and most effective way to combat climate change in our daily lives -- even more so than ditching our cars.  

You can learn more about the environmental impacts of diet at Cowspiracy.com and take the 30 day vegan challenge here.

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Source: Stuff.co.nz

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