Polar ice loss is set to become the biggest driver of rising sea levels. Loss of ice from the two polar masses is leading to a 1.3 millimetre (mm) rise in sea level every year. The total increase is 3mm per year.
By 2006, the two regions were losing 475 gigatonnes, or Gt, (one Gt is equal to one billion tonnes) of ice every year. The results of research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters has been reported by BBC.
This amount is increasing by 36.5Gt every year. The effect of this rise is more than what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had estimated earlier.
This poses clear and present danger to islands and low-lying countries such as Bangladesh, something that cannot be ignored any longer.
This rapid loss is in marked contrast to the glacial pace of climate-change mitigation negotiations that are nowhere close to what needs to be done to meet this situation.