High water levels could hit the Eastern US especially hard
Sea levels are rising at unprecedented rates, scientists say.
New research shows that by 2040, more than 90 percent of the world’s coastal areas could be experiencing sea level rises of more than 8 inches.
But certain areas, like the Eastern US, will be hit even harder with water levels climbing more than a foot.
By 2100, New York City, for example, could see coastal waters between 3.5 and 7.3 feet higher than they are now.
The consequences, in terms of displacing millions of people, could be catastrophic.
Some climate models currently predict that by 2040, global temperatures could be 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than pre-industrialization temperatures.
By the end of the 21st century, we could see global temperatures climb more than 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Paris climate accord wants to keep the planet’s temperature increases “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.
But last week the United Nations warned that even under the international agreement, we’re probably going to see temperatures rise by about 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit) by 2030.
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