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Sea levels ‘rising
faster than feared’

SEA levels are rising faster than predicted as a result of climate change, scientists have warned.

Satellite measurements show sea levels rose 3.2mm a year between 1993 and 2011, 60 per cent above the 2mm estimate in central projections made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its most recent review of climate science.

A study published in the Institute of Physics journal Environmental Research Letters said it was “very unlikely” the higher rate of sea level rise is due to natural variability such as temporary ice discharge from ice sheets.

Lead author Stefan Rahmstorf said: “This study shows once again that the IPCC is far from alarmist, but in fact has underestimated the problem of climate change.”

 

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