Seas rise 60% faster than UN forecast: study

Times Live 28 November 2012.

At present, sea levels are increasing at an average 3.2 millimetres (0.125 inches) per year, a trio of specialists reported in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

This compares with a “best estimate” by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007, which projected that by today, the rise would be 2 mm (0.078 inches) per year.

The new figure converges with a widely-shared opinion that the world is heading for sea-level rise of around a metre (3.25 feet) by century’s end, co-author Grant Foster of US firm Tempo Analytics told AFP.

“I would say that a metre of sea level rise by the end of the century is probably close to what you would find if you polled the people who know best,” Foster said…

(Editor’s note: It is not surprising that the UNFCC model results are generally understating the impacts of climate change – there has been great pressure to be conservative.)

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