According to new research done by scientists at Rutgers University, sea levels have risen more quickly in the 20th century than during any other time of history.
As CNN specifies, the “scientists have modeled a history of the planet's sea levels spanning back 3,000 years, and concluded that the rate of increase last century ‘was extremely likely faster than during any of the 27 previous centuries.’”
The sea level rose 1.4 millimeters during the 20th century—NASA estimates the current rate of sea rise is at 3.4 millimeters per year, which demonstrates an alarming acceleration.
According to CNN, “an assessment report from the U.N's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2013…created from the work of nearly 1,000 researchers worldwide and considered the benchmark study on global warming, projected a rise in global sea levels of 1 to 3 feet (about 30 to 90 centimeters).”
This news is not that surprising, but still extremely troubling and distressing. However, many people remain in denial about the realities of human-induced climate change.
Climate Central, an “independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public,” is attempting to combat the apathy.
They worked with artist Nickolay Lamm to create images that demonstrate the effects of rising sea levels on major cities. On the left we see an image of the city “based on 2°C (3.6°F) of warming from carbon pollution…the target limit widely discussed today as the threshold to avoid catastrophic climate change,” as Climate Central states.
On the right are the cities based on 4°C of warming, which may occur within the next few decades.
These pictures truly put into perspective the disaster we are facing if we do not quickly and comprehensively address the damage we are doing to our planet.