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Rising sea levels threaten the planet

The rise in sea level 

Rising sea levels threaten the planet

"Bell" for the dramatic consequences what rising sea levels can have on coastal settlements due to uncontrolled carbon dioxide emissions, scientists argue. The rise in sea level

As they say groups of scientists who closely monitor the greenhouse effect, residents of large coastal cities as well as entire island nations should prepare in the coming years for the possibility that sea levels may even exceed two meters.

Dramatic consequences

If this happens, as highlighted in a new international study, the consequences for humanity and in particular for certain regions will be dramatic.

If emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" eventually spiral out of control, the researchers say, and if the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets accelerates, then the worst-case scenario is likely to happen.

What is this? The more than double rise in water levels compared to the previous estimates of the relevant UN climate report.

The rise in sea level

It is recalled that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations since 2013 considered as the most likely scenario a rise in the level of the oceans by half to one meter by 2100. However, it seems that this estimate has begun to be considered conservative and scientists revise for the worse.

New study

The researchers, led by Professor Jonathan Bamber of the British University of Bristol, who made the relevant publication in the journal of the US National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), according to the BBC and New Scientist, believe that the rise of the waters may reach almost 2.4 meters by 2100 and warn that such a development could have dire consequences for coastal settlements.

Science fiction scenarios?

About 1.79 million square kilometers of land could be inundated (an area the size of Libya) and up to 187 million people could be forced to flee their homes and businesses, the scientists said, adding that future areas such as the Nile Delta in Egypt and Bangladesh as well as megacities such as London, New York, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai.

"If we see something like this in the next 80 years, we should expect a social collapse on an unimaginable scale," the scientists say, arguing that in the coming years many small island nations, especially those in the Pacific, will become virtually uninhabitable.

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