The more climate scientists learn about Antarctica, the more scary the place seems. A new Grist feature by Eric Holthaus dives into one corner of the frozen continent, Pine Island Bay. Scientists say skyscraper-sized shards of ice could rapidly break off Pine Island Bay glaciers and crumble into the sea.
The result? “A global catastrophe the likes of which we’ve never seen.”
Such a rapid collapse of Antarctica’s glaciers could raise sea levels much more quickly than we thought, flooding the world’s coastlines and imperiling cities around the world.
The story has generated a lot of discussion on social media. Some highlights:
This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Read the Antarctica blockbuster that’s freaking everyone out. on Nov 21, 2017.