Scientists warn of risk of collapse of Antarctica ice shelves
More than a third of the area of Antarctic ice shelves could collapse into the sea if global temperatures rise four degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The Guardian newspaper wrote about this with reference to a study by scientists from the University of Reading.If temperatures rise 4 ° C above pre-industrial levels, Antarctica could lose 34% of its ice shelf. If the global community succeeds in dramatically reducing greenhouse emissions and keeping warming at 2 ° C, about 15% of the shelf will be lost.The authors of the study emphasized that the rate of melting of glaciers depends on the air temperature. If the air warms up quickly, then water bodies form on the surface of the glaciers, due to which the melting of the entire massif accelerates and the risk of collapse of the entire shelf increases.