PUBLISHED: 19:54, Fri, Feb 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:12, Fri, Feb 14, 2020
Global warming caused by man-made climate change is today one of most important issues of our time. One of the greatest concerns among experts is a cataclysmic rise in sea levels triggered by a spike in temperatures.
Now scientists have discovered this would not be the first time such an issue has caused global concerns.
Not only did we lose a lot of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, but this happened very early during the Last Interglacial
Professor Chris Turney
An international team of researchers have found around 129,000 years ago, the mass melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet led to an increase in the sea levels.
The University of South Wales (UNSW) team, led by Professor Chris Turney, reported extreme ice loss caused a three metre increase in the sea levels.
He said: ”Not only did we lose a lot of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, but this happened very early during the Last Interglacial.
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Antarctica news: The mass melting of thWest Antarctic Ice Sheet once led to sea level increase (Image: Getty)
Antarctica news: Extreme ice loss once caused a three metre increase in the sea levels (Image: Express)
A statement on The Royal Society website reads: “The effects of rising sea level are felt most acutely in the increased frequency and intensity of occasional storm surges.
“If CO2 and other greenhouse gases continue to increase on their current trajectories, it is projected sea level may rise by a further 0.5m to 1m (1.5 to 3ft) by 2100.
“But rising sea levels will not stop in 2100; sea levels will be much higher in the following centuries as the sea continues to take up heat and glaciers continue to retreat.”
It remains difficult to predict the details of how the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets