“Runaway” melting of polar ice caps caused by global warming could get faster still, according to Scottish research. It raises fears that coastal communities are at greater risk of flooding without more “urgent” action on carbon emissions. Experts at Stirling University, working with international colleagues, used new geological data to map the sea floor, and have reconstructed the impact of climate change at the end of the last Ice Age. Analysis of emerging information on the seabed’s shape, formed as the ancient ice sheet covering Iceland retreated, has revealed it was bigger than previously thought, and melted at more than twice the present-day speeds recorded in Antarctica at peak rates.
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