Is todays ice-age 10 times slower at melting Antartica ice sheets than the previous one.

Today we are experiencing ice age but at a slower pace than what we experienced roughly 12000 years ago. The Cambridge University researches had stated that the ice was retreating 50 meters per day that is equal to 10 km a year in Antartica. In the present era, we are experiencing an ice age and the top speed is 1.6 km per year. 

We also had seen the start of the melting of the Ross ice shelf in Antarctica which is the largest ice shelf known is melting 10 times faster than its average melt range. There are instances of melting smaller glaciers that are melting 100-200 times more faster than the behemoth. The Ross glacier is 100 times bigger than these glaciers.

The reason for Ross glacier melt is inflowing hot water from the surface of the ocean and the solar-heated water also contributes to it. Due to such melting, there is a release of the permafrost carbon/organic matter that is known as "Methyl Clathrates". Well, we have many worldwide initiatives working on it. The United Nations Sustainable development goal in which all its member nations are involved in working on it. The Framework is the result of years of planning and today we have 17 sustainable development goals which are mainly focussing on sustainably prevent global warming. We can only hope humanity does well in achieving the goals and avert from or minimize the world catastrophe which our ancestors faced about 12000 years ago.

 


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