EN NW PKG ANTARCTICA MELTING

Melting - in the sun,though some are enjoying the heat now - antartica''s ice shelf is melting - and fast.This may seem old news - but the speed of the vanishing act is new.A recent report by an international team of scientists shows that over the last 25 years, enough ice melted to put Texas under 4 meters of water.Warm water causes the melt - eating away at the ice sheets from below. Scientists say the temperature change is connected to global warming from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.Outside experts say the report is sound SOT Professor Martin Siegert, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London: "We''re noticing the ice sheets being lost, reducing in mass. We''re seeing wind patterns that are changing, we''re seeing ocean temperatures increasing, ocean acidity increasing/// Not only that but the rate of change is starting to increase as well."ON SCREEN DLS The report says that between 1992-2011, Antarctica lost nearly 84 billion tons of ice a year - Since 2012, the rate increased to more than 241 billion tons a year.This meant global oceans rose by nearly 7.6 millimeters. Though this may not sound much - each millimetre is equal to a gigantic icecube with sides 7 kilometres long.Scientists predict sea level rise could hit nearly a meter by the end of the century.If, all of the ice melted - Antarctica has enough to raise seas by 58 meters.

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