Olivia Rosane, Ecowatch March 12 2020

The polar ice caps are melting six times faster than they were in the 1990s, the most comprehensive look at the data to date has found.

That data, compiled and analyzed by the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Intercomparison Exercise (IMBIE), puts the melting of Greenland and Antarctica‘s ice sheets on track with the worst-case-scenario prediction from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). If this trend continues, it could put 400 million people at risk from sea level rise by 2100.

“That’s not a good news story,” professor Andrew Shepherd from the University of Leeds told BBC News.

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