"The total mass loss increased from 40 ± 9 Gt/y [billion tons per year] in 1979–1990 to 50 ± 14 Gt/y in 1989–2000, 166 ± 18 Gt/y in 1999–2009, and 252 ± 26 Gt/y in 2009–2017," the report stated on Monday. "The contribution to sea-level rise from Antarctica averaged 3.6 ± 0.5 mm per decade with a cumulative 14.0 ± 2.0 mm [millimeters] since 1979."
In addition, the report said the trend is likely to persist in coming decades as prevailing winds push more warm water toward the continent’s glaciers.
The findings reinforce data put forth by other scientists warning that the world could face dire consequences if climate change continues unabated.
Some scientists have suggested that seas could rise by nearly three feet by 2100 without a sharp decline in global output of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.