New Study Shows Melting Ice Could Spell Disaster Faster Than Previously Thought

"Trying to dismiss the idea that it has anything to do with global warming is very difficult."

by Julia Conley of Common Dreams

Bolstering concerns that so-called "feedback loops" should be considered a legitimate and serious concern, a new study shows that a worrying hypothesis put out just three years ago about the impacts of melting Antarctic ice may already have started coming true.

In a paper published in Science Advances, researchers at the University of Tasmania and other institutions found that the melting of Antarctica's glaciers has begun to trigger a "feedback loop" in which that melting's effects on the oceans cause even more ice sheets to deteriorate, and so on.