Eric Rignot on “the Holy Shit Moment”

20 05 2014

Climate Denial Crock of the Week


Eric Rignot gives some more background on last week’s “holy shit moment” – his new paper on accelerated melt of the Antarctic ice sheet  – and adds some new holy shit moments in the process.


Last Monday, we hosted a Nasa conference on the state of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which, it could be said, provoked something of a reaction. “This Is What a Holy Shit Moment for Global Warming Looks Like,” ran a headline in Mother Jones magazine.

We announced that we had collected enough observations to conclude that the retreat of ice in the Amundsen sea sector of West Antarctica was unstoppable, with major consequences – it will mean that sea levels will rise one metre worldwide. What’s more, its disappearance will likely trigger the collapse of the rest of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which comes with a sea level rise of…

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