“This is really happening,” said Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research. “There’s nothing to stop it now."
It's not like we haven't had time to alter the course of history, we've just chosen not to.
The new finding appears to be the fulfillment of a prediction made in 1978 by an eminent glaciologist, John H. Mercer of the Ohio State University. He outlined the uniquely vulnerable nature of the West Antarctic ice sheet and warned that the rapid human release of greenhouse gases posed “a threat of disaster.” He was assailed at the time, but in recent years scientists have been watching with growing concern as events have unfolded in much the way Dr. Mercer predicted. (He died in 1987.)
For those of you who have children or plan to, the reality of global sea-level rise should scare the hell out of you. In less than a hundred years, shorelines all around the world will be reshaped, leaving low-lying land submerged under at least 10 feet of water.