Saturday, March 25, 2006

Global Warming Is Rapidly Raising Sea Levels, Studies Warn


National Geographic: Water from melting ice sheets and glaciers is gushing into the world's oceans much faster than previously thought possible, sending scientists scrambling to explain why.

The unexpected deluge is raising global sea levels, which scientists say could eventually submerge island nations, flood cities, and expose millions of coastal residents to destructive storm surges.

By the end of this century the seas may be three feet (one meter) higher than they are today, according to a pair of studies that appear in tomorrow's issue of the journal Science. (...)

The finding complements a study published in Science last month that found some of Greenland's glaciers have doubled in speed over the past five years
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