West Antarctic ice sheet and CO2 greenhouse effect: a threat of disaster

  title={West Antarctic ice sheet and CO2 greenhouse effect: a threat of disaster},
  author={John H. Mercer},
If the global consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow at its present rate, atmospheric CO2 content will double in about 50 years. Climatic models suggest that the resultant greenhouse-warming effect will be greatly magnified in high latitudes. The computed temperature rise at lat 80° S could start rapid deglaciation of West Antarctica, leading to a 5 m rise in sea level. 
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