Shrinking Antarctic

Another day, another hunk of ice disappears from the planet.

The Washington Post today reports that in Antarctica, ice previously considered stable is now unstable… and melting.

It still snows in Antarctica, if that’s any comfort. But researcher Eric Rignot says the ice is melting faster than the snow is falling.

Antarctica is one of the two large ice caps scientists are concerned about. The other is in Greenland. Yesterday, researcher Tom Mote at the University of Georgia had nothing to say to lift our global warming spirits.

Mote’s analysis showed the rate of melt for the past decade is sharply higher than the previous 25 years – and that 2007’s rate of melt was 60 percent higher than the previous high in 1998.

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