Trillions of tonnes of ice disappear from Earth

31 August 2020

British academics have found that trillions of tonnes of ice have disappeared from Earth since 1994. Radio New Zealand’s Karyn Hay caught up with the Head of UC’s School of Earth and Environment, Professor Jamie Shulmeister to discuss.

  • Greenland Ice sheet

    Greenland Ice sheet. Photo: NASA

A team of scientists from the universities in the UK have found that 28-trillion tonnes of ice have disappeared from the surface of the Earth since 1994, with 60-percent of all melting occurring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Greenland's ice sheet lost a record amount of mass last year - more than a million tonnes of ice every minute - which could result in a catastrophic sea level rise.

Karyn speaks with glacier scientist, Professor Jamie Shulmeister, from the University of Canterbury. Listen here.


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