Opinion: Keeping Ice Sheet "Collapse" in Perspective
Seas are rising faster now, but don't head for the hills quite yet.
It might be useful to step back from coverage of new studies just out on the West Antarctic ice sheet collapse and look at the issue of climate change through a broader lens.
The new studies—published in Geophysical Research Letters and Science—report that ice is moving more rapidly from West Antarctica into the sea, and this speedup of melting has the potential to affect low-lying coastal regions around the world faster than scientists previously estimated.
We likely will see higher than three feet of sea rise by the end of the century, based on this new research. If you own coastal property that you plan to leave to your children, that will likely be a concern, sooner or later.