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Paris Agreement will not be enough to stop the seas from devouring

Paris Agreement will not be enough to stop the seas from devouring

Even though there is a push for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with the Paris Climate Agreement, new researches show that Earth’s oceans will still rise more than three feet due to the pollution currently produced.

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A study which has published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the global sea-level rise will continue long after global temperatures stabilize as a result of emissions cutting programs. And if humanity continues to do nothing, sea-level rise will be much worse than a single meter by 2300.

“Our analysis demonstrates that even [greenhouse gas] emissions over the first decades of the 21st century will shape coastlines around the globe for centuries to come,” the study states.

"Even if we were to meet these initial goals of the Paris agreement, the sea level commitment from global warming will be significant. When we pump more carbon into the atmosphere, the increase in temperature is almost immediate. But sea level rise takes a lot longer to respond to that warming. If you take an ice cube out of the freezer and put it on the sidewalk, it takes some time to melt. The bigger the ice cube, the longer it takes to melt,"  explained Peter Clark, an Oregon State University climate scientist.

Study showed that rising sea levels could wash away several coastal cities by 2050, affecting more than 150 million people – millions more than previously thought.

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