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Sea Level Rise Forces Coastlines Back by Hundreds of Meters

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Though you can blame nature straight away to an extent for the dramatic increase in the earth’s temperature, we can’t deny that man has contributed to this rise hugely. The increase in the use of fossil fuel is to be blamed. Global warming is doubling the rate of sea level rise around the world, but attempts to stop it by cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions are likely to be futile! Researchers warn this. The researchers claim that the oceans will rise nearly half a meter by the end of the century, forcing coastlines back by hundreds of meters. Scientists blame the greenhouse gas emissions for the acceleration. The surge in the gas emissions is produced by the development of industry and introduction of fossil fuel burning.

During the past 5,000 years, sea levels rose at a rate of around 1mm each year, an analysis showed. It was caused largely by the residual melting of ice sheets from the previous ice age. But in the past 150 years, data from tide gauges and satellites show sea levels are rising at 2mm a year. The rising tide is expected to make oceans 40cm higher by 2100, which is going to cause more beach erosion. And if this occurs, beaches are going to move back and houses will be destroyed.

Via: The Guardian