Mundo 17-06-2017

Antarctica loses masses of ice

The environmental organization Greenpeace today warned of the imminent release of a huge mass of ice in Antarctica that would elevate the waters of the planet in 10 centimeters from sinking into the sea. It is the third big break in recent years on the white continent whose consequences "are to be seen, but the clear is that it will leave Antarctica in a situation of increased vulnerability with respect to future ruptures," said oceans Coordinator at Greenpeace, Estefanía González.

According to the agency, what began as a further crack in the area known as Larsen C - in the northern part of Antarctica - has become, with the passage of months, an increasingly deep and extensive break that will end to become one of the most gigantic detachments of which records are held on the icy continent.

The 200-kilometer-long crack has remained relatively stable for some time, but now has steadily sloped toward the sea, so scientists warn that its collapse will accelerate.

"The exact causes of the landslide are unclear, but in this process the global effects of climate change cannot be ruled out. In fact, what happens on the white continent is often seen as a prior warning or 'thermometer' of the impact that is being generated on the planet by the increase in temperature, "said Gonzalez.

According to experts, the area to be detached will be about 5,000 square kilometers, which will make this iceberg one of the 10 largest that have been recorded.

"What is happening in Antarctica is a new alert voice to deepen and fulfill the terms of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change." The paradox is that this landslide in Antarctica will occur just when President Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal Of the United States of this global pact, "said the expert.

It is estimated that if all that huge mass of ice were to sink into the sea, the planet's water would rise about 10 centimeters, which would have devastating consequences on large urban areas located in low and especially vulnerable coastal areas.

ANSA