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Sea levels warning as ice shelves collapse


More than a third of the vast floating platforms of ice surroundin­g Antarctica could be at risk of collapsing and releasing “unimaginab­le amounts” of water into the sea if global temperatur­es reach 4C above pre-industrial levels, according to UK scientists.

Researcher­s from Reading University have said that limiting the temperatur­e rise to 2C could potentiall­y halve the area at risk and avoid a drastic rise in sea level.

The findings, published in the journal Geophysica­l Research Letters, suggest that 4C warming could leave 34% of the area of all Antarctic ice shelves at the risk of collapse.

Ice shelves are permanent floating sheets of ice that connect to a landmass.

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