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Rise in sea levels (cm)

In world's oceans since 2000

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Sea levels are rising - that’s...
a fact! it could be up to 2 meters in this century alone. In the long run, a catastrophic 13 meter rise in sea levels could take place. Check out the real time sea level graph below.

Top 4 facts about rising sea levels

1

Sea levels are rising because of climate change

Sea levels could rise up to 2 meters in this century. Exactly how much is impossible to know.


2

With disastrous consequences

A sea level rise of 1 meter would flood gigantic land areas, particularly in Asia, and could destroy the homes of more than 100 million people - essentially turning them into environmental refugees.


3

Hmmm...

More than 70 percent of the world's population lives on coastal plains, and 11 of the world's 15 largest cities are on the coast.


4

It could go really wrong

In the long run, the ice sheets of Greenland ice and Western Antarctic could cause a 13 meter (43 feet) rise in sea levels. Even a small fraction of this would be an economic and humanitarian disaster.



Rising sea levels

This is a rough estimate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected in 2007 rise in sea levels of 18-59 centimeters. within this century. However, another study published in Science Magazine concludes that an improved estimate of sea level rise puts the increase at 0.8-2.0 meters. We use an average of this estimate of 1.4 meters.


Sea levels are rising because of climate change

With disastrous consequences

Hmmm...

It could go really wrong

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