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Antarctica lost 3 trillion metric tons of ice in the last 26 years

Zoë Schlanger
Antarctica lost 3 trillion metric tons of ice in the last 26 years

Between 1992 and 2017, the Antarctic ice sheet shed roughly 3 trillion metric tons of ice—causing the global average sea level to rise nearly a third of an inch (7.6 millimeters). That’s a lot of ice. There’s another number, though, that’s more pressing: how fast Antarctica is now melting. According to a paper published in…