People will think of Antarctica quite rightly as a very icy place, but our work shows that parts of it are green, and are likely to be getting greener.Even these relatively remote ecosystems, that people might think are relatively untouched by human kind, are showing the effects of human-induced climate change.
This is another indicator that Antarctica is moving backwards in geologic time, which makes sense, considering atmospheric CO2 levels have already risen to levels that the planet hasn’t seen since the Pliocene, three million years ago, when the Antarctic ice sheet was smaller, and sea levels were higher. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, Antarctica will head even further back in geologic time. Perhaps the peninsula will even become forested again someday, like it was during the greenhouse climates of the Cretaceous and Eocene, when the continent was ice free.
The receding snow line is making Arctic green Zee News