Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sea level rise up to 6.6 feet by the end of the century

The latest study conducted by the US scientists showed that we could expect worldwide sea levels increase by about 2.6 to 6.6 feet by 2100 due to the global warming. In order to get these results scientists examined scenarios that include loss of ice from Greenland, Antarctica and the world's smaller glaciers and ice caps into the world's oceans, as well as ocean expansion because of the global warming. Though these results are lower than the ones of similar studies results are still alarming.

Rising sea levels are one of the main threats of global warming especially in countries like Bangladesh where 80 to 90% of country is within a metre or so of sea level. If there would indeed be increase by about 6.6 feet by the end of the century many low-lying coastal areas will have serious problems, and these areas are of course home to many millions of people. Not only Bangladesh could feel severity of sea level rise, but also some other richer countries like for instance Holland (Amsterdam area), Italy (Venice area), and even USA (cities like New Orleans).

Of course the poorest, namely the Third World countries will suffer the most since they lack necessary funds to build an efficient defensive system. And global warming isn't slowing down as greenhouse gases emission are still increasing despite alleged political support that should cut down current emission rate. And as the temperatures rise so does the sea level. Looks like another major problem in making, of course again caused by man made global warming phenomenon.

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