The Rising Tide: Sea Levels Rising at Alarming Rate

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The Rising Tide: Sea Levels Rising at Alarming Rate

A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences shows that sea levels are rising at the fastest rate in 3,000 years due to man-made global warming. What does that mean for our future?
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Green Builder Media CEO, Sara Gutterman

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 8:15am

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In a study released last week by the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from across the globe collaborated to measure geological sea-level indicators from marshes, coral atolls, and archaeological sites around the world.

The study’s lead researcher, Robert Kopp, a climate scientist and historian at Rutgers University, and his colleagues explored sea level rise in the context of the past 3,000 years, focusing primarily on the “Greenhouse Century”—the 100 years since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in which the burning of fossil fuels effectively changed the mix of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increased the planet’s temperature.

The scientists found that global sea levels, which had stayed relatively steady since the Bronze Age, have increased by an order of magnitude because of the burning of fossil fuels and the production of heat-trapping greenhouse gasses, which are causing ice sheets to melt at alarming rates.

Scientists reported that without the burning of fossil fuels and polluting human activity, seal levels would likely be rising as a part of the natural planetary cycle, but at less than half the current rate (some models even showed that sea levels would be falling absent of human-caused emissions.)

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Keywords: Environment | Green Builder Media | Sara Gutterman | Water | rising sea level

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