Antarctic Ice Melting More Slowly Than Previously Believed

Despite what Stephen Baxter says in his new novel Flood, scientists now believe that climate change won't melt the West Antarctic Ice Sheet for at least 4,000 years.

Andrew Revkin over at the New York Times' Dot-Earth blog reports that the new study, published in Science, explores how much sea levels would rise as the Antarctic ice sheets melt. Though previous studies had suggested that sea levels could rise as much as 20 feet over the next century - a devastating amount - the new study says it's more likely to be about 10 feet or less. Keep in mind that these numbers are only relevant to how much the Antarctic will contribute to rising sea levels, and does not account for what will be contributed by the rapid melt of Greenland's ice sheets.

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Find out more in Revkin's article about the study.

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So...A "scientist" says 4000 years and you believe it.

I have horrible news for you. And I know beforehand you will attempt to ram your head into the ground just like before. BUT, it has to be said.

Worldwide, critical aquifers are drying out at an astounding rate. Aquifers that should be up to 85% full are only at 15%. Mostly due to local glaciers simply evaporating. That's right. All the fresh water is running out. Who G.A.S. that one of the poles melts or not. It has no bearing on the aquifers.

All of you stuff your heads in the ground. Cause, this is going to get real hairy real soon.

Oh, one more thing...the methane permafrost. Heard of it? It's melting. And methane makes CO2 look like party time.