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January 13 2013

Fear of 'catastrophic' sea-level rise as ice sheets melt faster than predicted


Glaciologists fear they may have seriously underestimated the potential for melting ice sheets to contribute to catastrophic sea-level rises in coming decades which could see increases of a metre or more by 2100.

The ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contain about 99.5 per cent of the Earth's glacier ice and could raise sea levels by 65 metres if they melted completely - although experts think this is highly unlikely in the foreseeable future.

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