Between 1994 and 2017, the surface of the Earth lost a staggering 28 trillion tonnes of ice. The stunning revelation comes from a team of scientists at Leeds and Edinburgh universities as well as the University of London. Their findings were published in online journal Cryosphere Discussions, stating that there can be little doubt that the cause is global warming.
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Group member Tom Slater was quoted by the Guardian as he put the figure into perspective. He said that “28 trillion tonnes of ice would cover the entire surface of the UK with a sheet of frozen water that is 100 metres thick,” and that “it’s just mind-blowing.”
This infographic breaks the ice loss down by category with Arctic sea ice experiencing the largest decline since 1994, losing 7.6 trillion tonnes. Antarctic ice shelves and mountain glaciers had the second highest decline in the report with more than 6 trillion tonnes each.
This chart shows the amount of ice lost globally between 1994 and 2017 (in trillion tonnes).
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