Rise in sea levels (cm)
In world's oceans since 2000
We might have the impression that we own the planet, but in reality, we can live only on 30% of it. That’s the total land mass of the Earth. We need dry land to thrive and plant our crops for food. This is the same for all land dwelling animals. Our survival is threatened when scientists predict that sea levels will rise if the global temperatures continue to rise due to global warming. The rising sea level effects can become a danger to our civilization.
Is it a real or imaginary threat? Let’s look at the facts.
There are 2 factors that can cause sea levels to rise and both of them are relate to ur increasing global temperature.
The rate of the rise of our global temperature is accelerating and 80% of the heat is being absorbed by our oceans. The land ice is shrinking at a faster rate in response to this – and it is pouring more water into our oceans.
What are the rising sea level effects if we cannot stop global warming? Scientists say that even if we are able to reduce carbon emissions to zero by the year 2016, we can still expect a rise in sea levels by 1.2 to 2.6 feet. The oceans and land will readjust to the changes we already made to the atmosphere.
We do not have the technology yet to hold back the ocean and it seems inevitable that the seas will rise. But that doesn’t mean that we will just stare at it and let it happen. How high it will rise is still dependent on our actions today!
We need to act with haste and urgency. If we all work together and increase people’s awareness, we can still reduce carbon emissions which are causing the global temperatures to rise, the ocean waters to expand and the ice caps to melt. We can still help avoid a global catastrophe.
If you remember the hole in the ozone layer, the collective efforts of our governments was able to fix that problem. So it is not true that we are powerless. Collectively, we can make significant positive changes!
People can say that global warming is a myth, a conspiracy, nothing to be alarmed about. But the science and the data speak for themselves.
Read more about how you can contribute to the efforts to correct the damages we have made to our environment. We can still make a difference if we start now. We can still change.
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