Combustion of Available Fossil Fuel Resources Sufficient to Eliminate the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Science Advances (Sep 11, 2015, v1, n8, e1500589; DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500589) / by Ricarda Winkelmann, et al.

[Dot Earth] A new analysis of Antarctica’s vast ice sheet in a world heated by unabated greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning comes to a stark, if unsurprising, conclusion: Burn it all, lose it all.

The paper, published online this afternoon in the journal Science Advances, is titled, “Combustion of available fossil fuel resources sufficient to eliminate the Antarctic Ice Sheet.”

The modeling study is far more a thought experiment than a prediction, given that, even in China, there is every indication that the world’s coal, particularly, will not all be exploited.

But it is another reminder that energy choices made today will have repercussions for thousands of years to come…


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