Green living: Rising Sea levels

Seas Rising 60% Faster than Expected placing Many Coastal Towns at Risk

Have you ever noticed that no matter how extreme predictions of global warming and climate change are, the reality always seems much much worse? In a recent study, data collected by US-based mathematician Grant Foster, and German climatologist Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research showed that sea levels are rising 60% faster than IPCC predictions.
This means that half the US population who live in 285 cities that are less than 1 mile above the high water level are at risk from rising water levels and intense storms. The data was gathered by bouncing satellite signals off the water’s surface to give more accurate readings. IT showed the oceans are rising by 3.2 mm each year.
Foster: “The study indicates that this is going to be as bad or worse than the worst case scenarios of the IPCC so whatever you were planning from Cape Hatteras to Cape Cod in terms of how you were preparing for sea-level rise — if you thought you had enough defenses in place, you probably need more.”


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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