Sea levels could surge by well over a metre this century unless dramatic action is taken to tackle global warming, according to an alarming new study which reveals the oceans are rising at their fastest rate for at least 2,700 years. Levels increased by 14cm last century, with climate change responsible for more than half of the rise, as warming temperatures expanded the sea water and melted glaciers, the research found. The rapid rises in the water level have already brought dozens of low-lying islands dangerously close to the sea – but that is nothing compared with what lies in store this century, the researchers warn. They predict that, even in the unlikely event of dramatic overnight action to curb climate change, the global sea level will jump by between 20cm and 60cm by 2100. And if extreme action is not taken quickly, this century could see an increase of between 50cm and 130cm, according to a report led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
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