The Thwaites ice shelf is on the verge of collapse
. This event will change the course of human history. This is and should be one of the most pressing problems facing humanity.
Scientists have found a network of cracks beneath a previously-stable ice shelf abutting the Thwaites glacier, and now think the shelf could shatter in 3 to 5 years. That would triple the rate of ice loss from Thwaites, the “doomsday glacier”.
Almost five years ago, I wrote a feature story on Thwaites and called it
Over the past five years, an unprecedented scientific campaign has focused attention on this enormous threat. Today’s news is some of the most alarming yet — though the scientific community is still deeply divided
over its fate.
After five years of intense study, the fact that not only have scientists not ruled out the huge threat of Thwaites’ eventual collapse due to climate warming but that the threat has seemingly grown, should be enough to convince all governments to treat climate as an emergency.
— Eric Holthaus