We could be submerged by rising sea levels sooner than we think


We could be submerged by rising sea levels sooner than we think

This could be happening…picture: 20th Century Fox

Busted once famously sung after being underwater in the Year 3000, but it seems that it could happen even quicker than that.

Scientists say that increasingly worsening floods in American coastal communities are a direct result of greenhouse gases – and it’s only going to get even worse.

Research by American scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that fossil fuels are causing the ocean to rise at the fastest rate since the founding of ancient Rome.

But while coastal flooding in America is often routine and easily dealt with, scientists say that it’s a sign of things to come – and warned that the ocean could rise across the world as much as three or four feet by 2100.

Researcher Benjamin H. Strauss said: ‘I think we need a new way to think about most coastal flooding.


‘It’s not the tide. It’s not the wind. It’s us. That’s true for most of the coastal floods we now experience.’

His stark claims were backed up by Stefan Rahmstorf, a professor of ocean physics at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

He said: ‘I think we can definitely be confident that sea-level rise is going to continue to accelerate if there’s further warming, which inevitably there will be.’

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Their predictions are consistent with 2013 calculations by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations body that claimed high emissions could produce a rise in sea levels between 1.7 and 3.2 feet over the 21st century.

‘Ice simply melts faster when the temperatures get higher’, Dr Rahmstorf added.

‘That’s just basic physics.’

*Starts working out to create an Arc*