The removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is the only way to slow the process, Australian climate scientists said Thursday, as global warming could cause “irreversible” large-scale melting of Antarctic glaciers, Reuters reported. Zoe Thomas, a researcher at the University of New South Wales, said recent human activity has contributed to global warming, which could lead to massive melting of Antarctic glaciers.
Thomas’s team recently published a research paper on the melting of Antarctic glaciers, the report said.
Research suggests that as the world warms, the world will likely lose most of the ice sheets of West Antarctica. The ice caps are said to be located on the seabed and surrounded by floating ice.
“What we’re seeing in the West Antarctic ice sheet is that once a threshold is reached, the melting of glaciers will continue,” Thomas said. “
The team reportedly hopes to continue research to determine how quickly the ice sheet will respond to rising temperatures, thus providing a more specific timeline for the future.
On February 6, the temperature measured at the Esperanza base in Argentina reached 18.3 degrees Celsius celsius in Antarctica, breaking the record of 17.5 degrees Celsius set by the base in March 2015, the report said.
If temperatures continue to rise, it could lead to a sharp rise in global sea levels.
“This will gradually displace people,” Thomas said, “and we know that this has happened on some small islands, and as more and more houses are flooded at high tides, this may happen at normal tides or even at low tides.” “
Thomas says economies around the world are starting to “decarbonize” themselves, or the only way to slow the melting of ice.
She added: “Once we are committed to the future of decarbonization, we can begin to consider potential options for trying to remove carbon from the atmosphere.”
Many countries have reportedly pledged to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050, and australia is seen as a drag on the issue despite the recent worst forest fire season in history.
Fire is one of the biggest contributors to the increase in carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere since records began more than 60 years ago, according to forecasts released last month by the Met Office.