Central West Antarctica found to be one of the fastest-warming regions on Earth


As world-wide climate change has been an increasing focus for scientists, the frozen continent of Antarctica has been of particular concern — and now new research shows that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is contributing to rising sea levels due to some unexpectedly high temperature increases in the region. This report, just published in Nature Geoscience, shows that Central West Antarctica is one of the fastest-warming regions in the world, with a temperature increase of 2.4°C (about 4.3° F) occurring between 1958 and 2010. In particular, the scientists found “statistically significant warming” during Antarctica’s summer season, especially during the peak melting season of December and January.

The concern is that these rapidly…

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