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That’s because being right means the world is warming at an unprecedented pace and ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland are melting. Washington Post, "James Hansen wishes he wasn’t so right about global warming," 18 June 2018 The seas are rising as heat-trapping greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels cause glaciers and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica to melt. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "300,000 coastal homes, valued at $120 billion, at risk of chronic floods from rising seas in U.S.," 18 June 2018 According to a study published in Nature on Wednesday, losses in Antarctica’s ice sheets—which hold 60 to 90 percent of Earth’s fresh water, The New York Times’ Kendra Pierre-Louis notes—have tripled since 2007. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decade," 14 June 2018 There's very strong suspicion that the melting of glaciers and ice sheets is tied to climate change. Chris Mooney,, "Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water all over the Earth, NASA says," 17 May 2018 Melting of glaciers and ice sheets adds water to the ocean and causes sea levels to rise. Fred Singer, WSJ, "The Sea Is Rising, but Not Because of Climate Change," 15 May 2018 This is similar to the climate model simulations, in which climate responds to rising CO2, the loss of sunlight-reflecting ice sheets, and changes in sunlight patterns caused by slow cycles in Earth’s orbit. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Are we already warmer than any time since the Ice Age ended?," 31 Jan. 2018 The water nibbles at the floating edges of ice sheets from below. Seth Borenstein,, "Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists," 13 June 2018 Antarctica is, on balance, losing its ice sheets and raising the world’s sea levels. Kendra Pierre-louis, New York Times, "Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago," 13 June 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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: a very large and thick area of ice that covers a region

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