03 Jul '12, 8am

Sea Level Rise Cannot Be Stopped, Say Scientists

© Demonstrating the impact of rising sea levels in Brazil. Image via 350.org Of all the grim predictions of what's in store for our planet in the wake of global warming, rising sea levels are likely among the most worrisome for human civilization as we know it. With around 1 in 10 people on Earth living in low-lying areas at risk from even minimal rises in ocean levels, this slow-moving environmental disaster will only become more problematic as we move deeper into this century -- and as if that weren't scary enough, scientists say that there's really nothing we can do to stop it. According to a study recently published in the journal Nature , if deep cuts were to be made in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released from the burning of fossil fuels, the rate of sea level rise over the next century would be slowed, but not halted entirely. In a best-case-scenario whic...

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