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Antarctic Ice Melt Began 30 Years Before Modern Warming Trend

It turns out a glacier in western Antarctica has been melting since the 1940s, according to a new study by South Pole experts.

Pine Island Glacier began warming in the 1940s due to a naturally-occurring El Nino warming event, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) found in a new study. The organization’s work suggests western Antarctic glacial melt began 30 years before the the global warming trend that started in the late 1970s.

What’s even more interesting is Pine Island Glacier continued to melt even when global average surface temperature cooled over the next three decades. NASA data shows 1944 was the warmest year on record globally until 1980. – READ MORE