Sea levels rising at fastest rate in 2,800 years due to global warming
Study co-author Stefan Rahmstorf, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said that if seas continued to rise as projected, another 45cm would cause lots of problems and expense, especially with surges during storms. “There is such a tight relationship between sea level and temperature,” Horton said. “I wish there wasn’t, then we wouldn’t be as worried.”
If greenhouse gas pollution continues at the current pace, both studies project increases of about 57cm to 131cm. If countries fulfil the treaty agreed upon last year in Paris and limit further warming to another 2F, sea level rise would be in the 28 to 56cm range.
Jonathan Overpeck at the University of Arizona, who wasn’t part of the studies, praised them, saying they show a clear cause and effect between warming and sea level rise.