The results of what is considered the most thorough and authoritative research ever conducted to evaluate the degree of melting of the Antarctica and its incidence on sea level rise have been published in the journal Nature.
The project is carried out by the Imbie (Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Comparison Exercise) which brings together more than 80 researchers from 40 different countries.
Unfortunately, the data they brought to light are alarming. In fact they recorded that from 1992 to 2017 in the Antarctica 3000 billion tons of ice were melted, a frightening number, even more so because the two fifths of this dissolution occurred only in the last five years.
This phenomenon has so far led to an increase in sea levels of 7.6 mm. If for now the data seems miniscule, it is not to be underestimated, because they estimated that if we fail to reverse the route and the entire Antarctic ice sheet should melt, the rise of the seas reach 58 meters, causing a real global cataclysm. Which also can happen with only a few centimeters in many coastal areas of the world.
In this regard, the researchers said that the possibility of stopping the phenomenon and saving Antarctica is possible, but only if over the next twenty years governments will focus on environmental protection policies aimed at reducing emissions that overheat the planet.