Polar Ice Melting Means Trouble for South Florida Sea Rise

New research shows polar ice is melting at a faster rate than previously thought.  The Arctic Council coming out with this assessment.  

Ben Kirtman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science says South Florida sits downstream in the ocean which increases the sea level rise.

"The reason we care about ice melt in South Florida is not just because we're adding additional fresh water to the ocean and that raises sea level globally, it's the fact that it actually affects how the ocean circulates.  That can ultimately lead to more sea level rise here than we had previously anticipated," said Kirtman.

He says the rise will happen over time, but it's important understand climate change projections and take steps to protect our environment now.

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