Shrinking glaciers confirm the worst

April 2005
New Scientist;4/30/2005, Vol. 186 Issue 2497, p19
The article reports that the first comprehensive survey of glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula shows a widespread retreat that may be more evidence of global warming. The mountainous Antarctic Peninsula stretches north from the icy continent towards South America. Its 244 glaciers dump their ice into the sea as icebergs. Now a team from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge reports that 87 per cent of the glaciers have retreated over the past 50 years. The air around the peninsula has warmed by 2.5° Celsius in recent decades and five times the Antarctic average.


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