Sea level rise could hit 2m within 80 years, says new study

Previous predictions of a one metre global sea level rise by 2100 have been thrown into doubt following a new study showing that accelerated melting in Greenland and Antarctica could double the figure with “profound consequences for humanity”.

The University of Bristol study, published on 20 May, states that a “global total sea level rise exceeding two metres by 2100” is possible under a high greenhouse gas emissions scenario, which is “roughly equivalent to business as usual”, and is more than twice the upper value put forward by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its fifth assessment report.

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