New research from the University of Washington and NASA indicates that climate change in Antarctica is more widespread than previously thought. Using satellite and weather station data from 1957-2006, researchers deduced that both the western and eastern halves have warmed significantly, approximately 0.1 degree Celsius overall per decade. The warming has serious repercussions for melting ice, sea levels, and wildlife.
Previously, global warming skeptics pointed to earlier data from scattered ground-based coastal sensors that suggested the eastern region of Antarctica was actually cooling, an observation at odds with climate change predictions. The current study, however, with its broader geographic coverage of the continent, suggests that all of Antarctica is warming.