Sea level scare
Melting glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland may push up global sea levels more than three feet by the end of this century, a study in Nature climate change journal has found.
As reported by MSNBC, the study said such a rise in the seas would displace millions of people from low-lying areas like Bangladesh and atolls in the Pacific Ocean, and cause dikes in Holland to fail.
It would cost coastal mega-cities from New York to Tokyo billions of dollars for construction of sea walls and other infrastructure to combat higher tides.
Quoted in MSNBC, Jonathan Bamber, a glaciologist at the University of Bristol and a co-author of the study, said the consequences of such a shift would be ‘horrible’.
The greatest drama would be a more than three-foot rise in sea levels from the combined effect of melting ice and thermal expansion, which the study indicates has a 1 in 20 chance of occurring.
How much of this drama can be attributed to human burning of fossil fuels, the study indicates, remains murky, however.