Earth Loses 28 Trillion Tons of Ice Per Year

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A stream of meltwater cuts through the Greenland ice sheet. (Ian Joughin)

Earth Loses 1.2 Trillion Tons of Ice Per Year, a Nearly 60% Increase From 1994

by Alex Fox/Smithsonianmag.com

Health Editor’s Note: To the naysayers of climate change: Explain this….Carol

A new study finds that Earth lost 28 trillion tons of ice between 1994 and 2017, reports Chelsea Harvey for E&E News.



In a clear illustration of climate change’s worrying acceleration, the rate at which our planet is losing its ice skyrocketed from an average annual loss of roughly 760 billion tons of ice in the 1990s to more than 1.2 trillion tons per year in the 2010s, according to the study published this week in the journal Cryosphere.

Human activities, which have warmed our planet’s atmosphere and oceans by 0.47 degrees Fahrenheit and 0.22 degrees Fahrenheit per decade since the 1980, respectively, drove the massive ice loss.

This study’s staggering total of lost ice is the first global assessment that accounts for the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, as well as ice lost from mountain glaciers the world over, according to E&E News. All told, the massive loss of ice has raised global sea levels by 1.3 inches since 1994.

“The ice sheets are now following the worst-case climate warming scenarios set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),” says Thomas Slater,

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9 COMMENTS

  1. The climate is driven by the sun. The Old climate models do not take into effect solar irradiance or the solar winds effects on the climate and they have an over bias on CO2. Yesterday’s science used to scare and tax people.

    • This is silly crap, fake science paid for by the Koch brothers, long discredited except for website prowlers

    • Blaming the ‘sun’ is faulted. The combination of ocean waters, ice, volcanics and sun, over vast time created the atmosphere, air and sky, and weather or ‘climate’. Another point being earth isn’t stable to begin with, which humans were lucky to have developed in short window of relative calm, so to blame the sun for human’s garbage causing tempurature change is blind. There is point of no return in ocean warming that can’t be stopped. The weather cycles are ice and ocean dependant, equal to the sun, not less. fishes/sea mammals worldwide also diminishing because of ice loss.

  2. Yes, look at the facts.
    Not the ad hominems.
    Affects? Yes.
    Drives? Look at the historical relationship of temperature and atmospheric CO2.
    Or, just call me names and go along with the tax scam to keep the third world washing their clothes by hand.
    We have also increased earths biomass with this precious plant food. Deserts are greening in NASA satellite pictures.
    We need to look at facts, not IPCC agendas.
    Aloha!

    • There is only the repitition of green house gas and fluctuations of 20 ppm; but no real science. The physics behind CO2 remains quiet. Carbon Dioxide has become a weapon used word. CO2 is heavier than N and O2. Thus it has higher concentrations near the surface. Where the plants are located. This tax on fuel is 60 years in the making. It started at the New York Worlds Fair with injection molded dinosaurs.

  3. Even with Biden’s reversal of Trump’s junk we have dinosaurs who oppose any measures “Sen. Joe Manchin, who has defended coal production in his state, is the incoming chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and will yield major power in deciding what passes”.

    “By then” it’s too late …

  4. Many of the “naysayers are the same folks who think the Earth was created exactly 6025 years ago because they’ve counted up the “begats” in the Scofield Reference Bible, so don’t expect them to pay much attention to facts and evidence.

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