The Earth's surface lost 28 trillion of ice cover between 1994 and 2017.
According to experts, the speed of ice disappearance cannot be called anything other than "stunning". This rate could lead to a one meter rise in sea level by the end of the 21st century.
“In context, every inch of sea level rise means that about a million people will be forced to leave their homelands if they are in low-lying areas,” Professor Andy Shepard of the University of Leeds told The Guardian. The drastic loss of ice could have other serious consequences, including health problems in Arctic and Antarctic waters and a decrease in the planet's ability to reflect solar radiation back into space.
Scientists stressed that "there can be no doubt" that global warming is behind such a catastrophic disappearance of ice. The corresponding results were obtained a week after researchers from Ohio State University found that the Earth's climate had passed the point of no return.
According to the researchers, the snowfall that replenishes Greenland's glaciers every year can no longer keep up with the rate of ice melting, which means that its ice cover will decline even if the average annual temperature of the planet stops rising. And we are talking about the second largest ice massif on the Earth.