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An international team of ice experts studying the Antarctica say that it has been melting at an alarming rate for the past five years.

According to the study they published in the journal Nature, from 1992 to 2011, Antarctica lost nearly 84 billion tons of ice a year. And from 2012 to 2017, the melt rate increased to more than 241 billion tons a year.

Antarctica is the largest ice sheet on Earth and almost 220 billion tonnes of it is melting into the ocean each year.

University of Leeds Andrew Shepherd, a lead scientists into the investigation on Antarctica, speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about their findings.

For the past five years the rate of ice loss has tripled to up to 30% of all sea level rise and that makes us not too concerned about sea level rise today, but will in the near future.

Andrew Shepered, lead scientist at Leeds University

The speed that the ice melts is a key indicator of climate change, says Shephered.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Antarctica ice loss trippled in five years, new study reveals

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