Six-fold increase in Antarctica ice loss since 1979: Study Jan 16, 2019 0 800 12345 AFPTAMPAGLOBAL warming is melting ice in Antarctica faster than ever before -- about six times more per year now than 40 years ago -- leading to increasingly high sea levels worldwide, scientists warned on Monday.Already, Antarctic melting has raised global sea levels more than half an inch (1.4 centimetres) between 1979 and 2017, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed US journal.And the pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come, according to lead author Eric Rignot, chair of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine.“As the Antarctic ice sheet continues to melt away, we expect multi-metre sea level rise from Antarctica in the coming centuries,” Rignot said.A rise of 1.8 metres (six feet) by 2100, as some scientists forecast in worst-case scenarios, would flood many coastal cities that are home to millions of people around the world, previous research has shown.For the current study, researchers embarked on the longest-ever assessment of ice mass in the Antarctic, across 18 geographic regions.Researchers discovered that from 1979 to 1990, Antarctica shed an average of 40 billion tonnes of ice mass annually. By the years 2009 to 2017, the ice loss had increased more than sixfold, to 252 billion tonnes per year.Even more worrying, researchers found that areas that were once considered “stable and immune to change” in East Antarctica, are shedding quite a lot of ice, too, said the study. RELATED ARTICLES Mueller probe no ‘witch hunt’, says Trump’s A-G pick Jan 16, 2019 0 4871 Canada-China tensions flare over drug death sentence Jan 16, 2019 0 733 Lawmakers reject Brexit deal in crushing defeat for PM May Jan 16, 2019 0 374 Hondurans’ new US-bound caravan draws fire from Trump AFP San Pedro Sula Hundreds of Hondurans have set out on a trek to the United States, forming another caravan that US President Donald Trump cited on Tuesday to justify building a wall on the border with Mexico. “A big new .. US extends troop deployment at Mexico border Washington: The Pentagon said Monday it would extend until September 30 the deployment of active-duty soldiers and Coast Guard members at the US-Mexico border, while expanding the mission to include surveillance and .. Brazil’s president eases gun laws with decree Bogota: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree relaxing the country’s strict gun controls in an attempt to stem mounting crime. “The people have decided to buy arms and munitions and we cannot deny .. 11th victim in Austria as snow breaks records Vienna: A Czech ski instructor was killed by an avalanche in Austria on Tuesday, the 11th avalanche fatality the Alpine country has seen this winter amid historic snowfall. The 24-year-old man was skiing off-piste with .. Macron kickstarts ‘great debate’ to win back French French President Emmanuel Macron attempted on Tuesday to rebound from two months of often violent anti-government protests by launching a nationwide debate over the grievances fuelling the ‘yellow vest’ movement. .. Turkish coastguard saves 46 migrants, recovers one body DPA Istanbul The Turkish coastguard says it has rescued 46 migrants from the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey and recovered one body. They were picked up off the western Turkish district of Kusadasi, the coastguard said .. N-arms treaty faces collapse after failed US-Russia talks AFP Geneva The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt on Tuesday after the United States and Russia blamed each other for pushing the agreement to the brink of collapse. Senior diplomats ..