Our new study: 1.3m sea level rise in 2100 - unless coal phase out

The study by our own Alexander Nauels on sea level rise projections, featured in the Guardian.

see here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/26/sea-levels-to-rise-13m-unless-coal-power-ends-by-2050-report-says

see also Washington Post article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/26/new-science-suggests-the-ocean-could-rise-more-and-faster-than-we-thought

and original article here: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa92b6

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says


Photo: Nasa/IceBridge

University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios. 

Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest understanding of Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise and the latest emissions projection scenarios.

It confirms again that significant sea level rise is inevitable and requires rapid adaptation. But, on a more positive note, the work reveals the majority of that rise – driven by newly recognised processes on Antarctica – could be avoided if the world fulfils its commitment made in Paris to keep global warming to “well below 2C”.

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