Recent studies indicate that glaciers in Antarctica are in the process of losing the water weight equivalent of Mt. Everest over the course of two years. This is due to melting rates significantly increasing—some parts of the continent now three times faster than a decade ago.
“The mass loss of these glaciers is increasing at an amazing rate,” comments paper co-author Isabella Velicogna, scientists with both UCI and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Most of the mass was lost in the last ten years; things happened way faster.”