Although the climate change alarm bells have been ringing for some time now, a new study reveals that we will be seeing the effects of climate change sooner rather than later, especially along US coastal regions. As reported by The New York Times, the new paper entitled Contribution of Antarctica to Past and Future Sea-Level Rise, predicts that cities like NYC could be completely flooded in less than 100 years.

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The new study expounds on previous estimations that the total disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which is larger than the size of Mexico, would cause sea levels to rise by 12 feet or more. Although researchers have long been aware that this sheet of ice could, and most likely will, break down over time, the general assumption was that the resulting sea level rise would take place over hundreds of years.

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However, the new study shows that it could actually be just a matter of decades for the disintegration of the sheet to take place, causing a perilous increase in sea levels by the end of this century. This increase in water would put NYC and other coastal cities such as Miami and New Orleans in grave danger of being completely submerged at a much faster rate than previously thought.

Though alarming, we hope that the report puts even more pressure on world leaders to curb greenhouse gas emissions and turn to alternative energy sources before it’s too late.

+ Contribution of Antarctica to past and future sea-level rise

Via The NY Times

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