Stop me if you’ve heard this one before but the ice is screwed.

New findings released on Thursday reveal that a quarter of the ice sheets in West Antarctica, the most vulnerable part of the continent, have destabilised.

Ice loss has sped up fivefold across the region’s most imperilled glaciers in just 25 years.

Scientists used 800 million satellite measurements taken since 1992 to reach their conclusions.

The results, published in Geophysical Research Letters, underscore just how rapid the changes taking place are and the perils coastal communities could face if ice continues its runaway melt.

The ways that we know the West Antarctic is melting down are manifold.

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