The following is an excerpt from Jen Christensen | July 13, 2018 | CNN.com |
(CNN)Sea levels will rise and all coastal countries could be seriously threatened by flooding if nothing is done to stop the massive melt of sea ice in Antarctica, according to nine award-winning scientists who have spent decades studying the icy continent and the waters around it.
They are proposing two scenarios, one bleak, one promising, for what could happen by 2070 in Wednesday's edition of the journal Nature.
The paper is highly speculative rather than making forecasts. These scenarios are more like data-driven conversation starters according to the authors, all who have won the Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica game out what could happen if the world does nothing -- or if policy-makers take significant action in the next 10 years to stop the destruction.
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