Once warm seawater erodes the ice shelf that separates glacier and ocean, seawater can pour into the low-lying area behind it, accelerating its melting, too. That’s where the 11-foot additional sea level rise estimates come in.

All this goes to show how sea level rise can sneak up on us. The researchers were only able to detect the hidden troughs under the ice shelf after several flights with instruments measuring variations in Earth’s gravity. Other surprises may lurk under the ice, too. Estimates are estimates, and they can be wrong in both directions, but in this particular case, it’s looking like future generations are even more screwed than we once thought.

But Florida government officials aren’t allowed to say “climate change” and Ted Cruz seems to think NASA is “off mission” by paying attention to the climate.

The Earth is just fine. As the trolls are all too happy to point out, it’s been here before. The Earth isn’t going anywhere.

Human civilization, now, that’s a different story.

[h/t Gizmodo]