The earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years

A CPOM-led study, which shows that 28 trillion tonnes of ice have disappeared from the surface of the Earth since 1994 due to greenhouse gas emissions, has captured media and public attention.

CPOM researchers Professor Andy Shepherd, Dr Tom Slater (first author on the paper, and Dr Isobel Lawrence are quoted in a number of articles, including The Guardian:

“To put the losses we’ve already experienced into context, 28 trillion tonnes of ice would cover the entire surface of the UK with a sheet of frozen water that is 100 metres thick,” added group member Tom Slater from Leeds University. “It’s just mind-blowing.”


The research has been translated in to at least 9 different languages, and high-profile attention includes Greta Thunberg, Caroline Lucas and the World Economic Forum:

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