By Dimitri Lascaris
DIMITRI LASCARIS This is Dimitri Lascaris reporting for The Real News Network in Montreal, Canada.
Within the past week, the world has twice received troubling news about the state of the ice in Antarctica. First, on July 1, a study was released by the Proceedings of America’s National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS, showing that from 2014 to 2017, the extent of Antarctic sea ice declined rapidly. According to that study, the rapid decreases reduced the Antarctic sea ice extents to their lowest values in 40 years. Then, on July 8, PNAS published a second study showing that the Thwaites Glacier, an enormous Antarctic glacier that is the size of Florida, may be on the brink of melting so quickly it could cause catastrophic global sea level rise.
Now here to discuss these developments with us is Claire Parkinson, the author of the study published by PNAS on July 1. Claire is a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research is focused on satellite-based measurements of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice and she joins us joins us today from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Thank you very much for joining us, Claire.
CLAIRE PARKINSON Thank you,…