• +
  • macy Avatar
  • 9
  •   Bury  

Scientists to Issue Stark Warning Over Dramatic New Sea Level Figures

Posted by macy 2003 days ago in Hydrology from http://www.commondreams.org

Rising sea levels pose a far bigger eco threat than previously thought. This week's climate change conference in Copenhagen will sound an alarm over new floodings - enough to swamp Bangladesh, Florida, the Norfolk Broads and the Thames estuary

Scientists will warn this week that rising sea levels, triggered by global warming, pose a far greater danger to the planet than previously estimated. There is now a major risk that many coastal areas around the world will be inundated by the end of the century because Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are melting faster than previously estimated.

Low-lying areas including Bangladesh, Florida, the Maldives and the Netherlands face catastrophic flooding, while, in Britain, large areas of the Norfolk Broads and the Thames estuary are likely to disappear by 2100. In addition, cities including London, Hull and Portsmouth will need new flood defences.

"It is now clear that there are going to be massive flooding disasters around the globe," said Dr David Vaughan, of the British Antarctic Survey. "Populations are shifting to the coast, which means that more and more people are going to be threatened by sea-level rises."

Discuss
Comments Who Voted Related Links

Categories

navigation

Link Type

navigation

Region


navigation

Navigation

navigation

Login



Remember Me
Register
Register

Create A Poll


Subscribe

subscribe to rss
navigation

Add WaterSISWEB

navigation