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Predictions of Sea Level Rise Are Increasing

A new study in Nature suggests that the conventional wisdom on long-term sea-level rise in a warmer world is too low. By analyzing a number of individual, localized studies, though, Robert Kopp and his colleagues put together an overall picture of global sea level during the Eemian period, about 125,000 years ago, when temperatures hovered at temperatures similar to those projected for 2100. The result: sea level is likely to be 26-31 ft. higher rather than 13-19 ft. The only question is how long it would take—possibly hundreds of years.

For additional information, read How High Will the Seas Go in a Warmer World on Time.com.

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