Worldwide Sea levels are rising quicker than anticipated as an after-effect of global warming induced by the burning of fossil fuels. As analysts indicate, an increase of three feet or more is now unavoidable.
The world’s seas, enlarged due to increasing temperatures resulting with melting ice, have increased nearly 3 inches since 1992. NASA researchers said at a conference Wednesday that referred to new satellite information.
The heat that is now stored in the oceans means that sea level will certainly rise in the next years or decades, as indicated by an announcement from the U.S. National Flight and Space Organization.
Steve Nerem, professor at the University of Colorado, states that his team does not know whether the changes will take place within a couple of decades or a century.
Two years ago, the worldwide leading team on climate science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NASA, predicted an estimated increase of 2 to 3 foot in the oceans. They say that this problem will soon start to threat ports like Miami, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Oceanographers warn that people should be prepared for this, due to the persistent increase of the sea level.
Scientists worry about the melting ice platforms in Antarctica, and warns us that the current situation is not very futuristic for mankind. The rate of how fast polar ice and icebergs are melting remains uncertain due to other natural phenomena that might impact the process, researchers said. The process is different all throughout the globe – as sea levels have increased at a much slower rate in the Pacific Ocean, and at times it even decreased.
Negotiations involving 193 nations are being made right now with an agreement to be written and signed this year. The commitment is to bring to a stop the pollution blamed for global warming. Although it is too late to reverse the harm that has been made so far, negotiators are aiming to stabilize the sea level rising to no more than 3 feet by the end of this century.
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