For years, scientists have warned that the pace of rising sea levels are going to accelerate, but it seems that the process is now well underway after new research found that they are rising at triple the pace of 1990 records.
Before 1990, sea levels were rising at just 1.1 millimetres per year, but between 1993 and 2012, this quickened to 3.1 millimetres annually.
The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that this is “marking a transition from lower-than-average rates before 1990 toward unprecedented high rates in recent decades.”
Sönke Dangendorf, a researcher with the University of Siegen in Germany, told the Washington Post: “We have a much stronger acceleration in sea level rise than formerly thought.
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“The sea level rise is now three times as fast as before 1990.”
However, Mr Dangendorf went on to say that is not too late for humans to alter the destiny of the rising sea levels.
Ice caps are melting, leading to rising sea levels
He said: “Sea levels will continue to rise over the coming century, no matter whether we will adapt or not, but I think we can limit at least a part of the sea level rise.
“It will further accelerate, but how much is related to how we act as humans.”
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New York could be submerged
Previous studies have indicated that sea levels could rise by two metres as a result of melting ice caps by 2100.
A two metre jump could see a host of major cities be partially submerged, including parts of London, Amsterdam New York, Miami, Guangzhou and Tokyo.