Study: Changing winds cause melting of coastal Antarctic glaciers

From the AGU: Anthropogenically induced changes in winds in the Southern Hemisphere are playing a key role in recent warming of subsurface waters around Antarctica, according to a new study by Spence et al. The warming water increases melting of coastal glaciers and thus could affect sea levels in the future. Since the 1950s, westerly…

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Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum

From NASA Goddard, October 7, 2014: Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third…