Researchers Discover Sea Level Rise Has Been Drastically Underestimated

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As time progresses, scientists are learning how impactful climate change will be on our planet. In the latest research, a study has revealed current estimates that sea level rise has been drastically underestimated.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and revealed that expected sea rise may be double of previous estimates.

Previously, research put sea level rise at 98 centimeters by 2100, but the new research put together by 22 researchers whom are all leaders in their field of study on ice melting suggested the frightening new discovery.

The research was based off of whether our planet will be able to meet the Paris Climate accord. If not met and current climate projections stay on track with what it is right now, warming will likely increase to 5°C above pre-industrial levels and we can expect a rise between 51 and 178 centimeters.

If the Paris agreement is met and climate increase is kept to 2°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, sea levels will likely rise by 26 centimeters but could rise as much as 81 centimeters.

The authors did point out that the melting of ice sheets on the poles and its contribution to sea level rise is the greatest source of uncertainty we currently face which is why there is such a large range of rise that the study lays out.

The good news is that a two meter rise as described as worst case scenario is very unlikely but it is possible. After scientists and climate specialist have warned us for decades, we are seeing the impact of climate change right in front of our eyes as each year, the polar caps continue to shrink.

We still have time to stop it and we must. By reducing carbon emissions and focusing on growing clean energy, we can be the generation that changes the history of this planet for good.

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