Top places to see before they sink - CBS 3 Springfield - WSHM

Climate change means rising sea levels threaten coastal cities, island nations

Posted: Updated:
Scientists estimate that by 2100 the ocean will be between 7 and 23 inches higher. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Scientists estimate that by 2100 the ocean will be between 7 and 23 inches higher. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:36:49 GMT
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.More >>
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.More >>
  • New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:27:57 GMT
    No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a plane in Liberia, had a layover in Togo and then arrived in Nigeria where authorities say he died days later...More >>
    No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say...More >>
  • Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:19:01 GMT
    Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price...More >>
    Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians...More >>

(RNN) - Rising sea levels mean many important landmarks are going the way of Atlantis and sinking into the ocean. And as this Earth Day rolls around, it might be good to think about your vacation plans before your chances disappear beneath the waves.

Despite the political debate over the existence of global warming, scientists have recorded the rising tide of higher ocean levels. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that by the end of the 21st century, the ocean will be between 7 and 23 inches higher than it is now – and that doesn't include estimates from melting ice sheets such as in the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctic.

Rising sea levels may not mean much to the casual reader, but for people living along coastlines, deltas and on islands where the land is mere inches above sea level, it means that by the end of the century their home may be either under water or encroached on by waves and high tides.

Hurricanes and other coastal storms exacerbate the issue and contribute to land erosion and flooding. And once again, thanks to warming temperatures, hurricanes are going to be stronger with more common Category 4 and Category5 storms making landfall, according to the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and NOAA.

Even entire countries are at threat – and at the current rate of rising sea levels, with no human intervention, several places could be under the sea by the end of the century.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
WSHM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.