Melting Ice Sheets
The burning of forests and fossil fuels has resulted in a 25 per cent increase in the carbon dioxide deposits found in Antarctic snow since the 1970s. Gases from burning fossil fuels trap some of the sun's heat and warm the atmosphere, causing global warming.
This warming is known as the 'Greenhouse Effect' and may increase the rate at which Antarctic ice sheets melt. The earth's average temperature will probably rise by between 2 and 5 degrees centigrade by 2020. Such temperature rises would cause flooding in coastal cities throughout the world, and low-lying countries such as Bangladesh and the Netherlands would be completely submerged.Read More: CCAMLR - Powerless to Stop the Damage