Sea Level Rising Faster Every Year — This Is A Crisis

by Diana Gooding on September 26, 2019

Accelerating sea level rise means the rate is going faster every year now

UN report warns of accelerating sea level rise in a warming world

From an Article by Kalina Oroschakoff, POLITICO News, September 25, 2019

MONACO — Global warming is harming the world’s oceans and mountains and fueling sea level rise — possibly faster than previously estimated, according to a landmark U.N. report on oceans and the planet’s frozen areas released Wednesday.

Sea levels are currently rising ‘more than twice as fast’ than in the 20th century and faster than previously estimated, according to the report.

Temperatures are already 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which has had drastic effects on ecosystems, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned.

“The ocean is warmer, more acidic and less productive. Melting glaciers and ice sheets are causing sea level rise, and coastal extreme events are becoming more severe,” it said.

While sea levels rose by around 15 centimeters during the 20th century, “it is currently rising more than twice as fast — 3.6 mm per year — and accelerating.”

The report predicts that sea levels will “continue to rise for centuries” possibly reaching around 30 centimeters to 60 centimeters by 2100, even if countries step up emissions cuts and global warming is limited to well below 2 degrees — the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal.

However, “if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase strongly,” then sea levels could rise by 60 centimeters to 1.1 meters.

The changes affect over a billion people.

Valérie Masson-Delmotte, a leading scientist working on the report said that Wednesday’s assessment also “revised upwards the projected contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to sea level rise by 2100 in the case of high emissions of greenhouse gases,” but cautioned that there are “major uncertainties still remaining.”

Debra Roberts, another scientist working on the report, warned that global warming will only be kept to well below 2 degrees “if we effect unprecedented transitions in all aspects of society” including protecting ecosystems and carefully managing resources.



IPCC — Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, September 25, 2019

The IPCC Sea-Level-Rise Report: The Oceans Are Breaking – The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer, September 25, 2019 — The Oceans We Know Won’t Survive Climate Change — Sea-level rise will become unmanageable, and life will flee the world’s tropical oceans, if carbon pollution keeps rising, a new report from the UN climate panel says.

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