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Sea Level Rise from Global Warming Is Unstoppable, Say Scientists

July 3, 2012

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by Nancy Roberts

New research indicates that no  matter what is done to halt global warming,  sea levels will continue to rise for the next several centuries. The article by researchers from the U.S. National Center for  Atmospheric Research, U.S. research organization Climate Central and the Centre  for Australian Weather and Climate Research notes, “Though sea-level rise cannot  be stopped for at least the next several hundred years, with aggressive  mitigation it can be slowed down, and this would buy time for adaptation  measures to be adopted.” Many previous studies have shown similar data, yet global action to curb  carbon emissions and other efforts to mitigate global warming have been slow in  coming.


One-tenth of the world’s population lives in low-lying areas that are prone to  flooding and are threatened by sea level rise.  Research earlier this  spring reveals that some 3.7 million Americans are at risk from flooding in coming decades.

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