The climate crisis has pushed the planet's stores of ice to a widespread collapse that was "unthinkable just a decade ago", withArctic sea ice certain to disappear in summers and ruinous sea level rise from melting glaciers now already in motion.
The world's vast ice sheets at the poles will continue to melt away for hundreds of years, causing up to three metres of sea level rise. It says that the loss of sea ice in the summer could arrive within a decade.
We are driving a whole environment to extinction
A scientist who co-authored a report about the sea ice said there was nothing they could do about it.
The next thing that needs to be avoided is ice shelf collapses in Antarctica and the breakdown of the ice systems in Greenland. The genie can't be put back into the bottle when they're gone.
It will cause a lot of harm to the region's flora and fauna, including seals and polar bears that rely on the sea ice for hunting.
It is a terminal diagnosis and now we have to live with consequences. By the end of my career, I will see the end of sea ice in the northern part of the planet. It has been a while since we have seen ice in the area. The environment is being driven to extinction by us.
The State of the Cryosphere report has been released by a group of scientists at the start of the United Nations' Cop 27 climate talks in Egypt.
In just the past year, researchers have been astonished by the sight of rain at the summit of the enormous ice sheet for the first time on record, followed by rain, rather than snow, falling on east Antarctica in March.
The loss of 5% of glacier ice in the Alps over a single summer and a record low sea ice extent in Antartica are documented in the report.
A huge amount of sea level rise appears to be already locked in due to the rampant burning of fossil fuels, according to a report. Around 30 cm to sea level rise has been committed by the ice loss.
Rapid decarbonization is absolutely essential, it’s a moral obligation to the future
The UN warned that there is no credible pathway for governments to keep the temperature from rising more than 1.5C. Sea levels could be raised by up to 20 metres over hundreds of years. It would prove to beirreversible and pose a threat to low-lying countries.
The costs to places like Florida and Bangladesh are enormous, it's going to be a huge strain, according to the author. I worry that we won't respond to the emergency until it is front of us.
The hottest place on Earth is four times hotter than the global average, which could lead to a rapid melt water pulse not seen in 130,000 years. The surge in water could be bad for the coast.
The glaciers in the Himalayas and the Andes are losing their glaciers at a rapid rate, threatening the drinking water supplies of tens of millions of people. Even worse impacts can be avoided by reduced emissions, as long as more is done to save the world's bodies of ice.
She said rapid decarbonization is an obligation to the future. We won't be looked upon fondly if we don't accept moral responsibility It will be a sad event.