Global warming is causing rising sea levels
‘IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and Implications for Policy and Decision Making’
April 29, 2014 Lakshadweep Forum News, Kochi
Sea-level rise is expected to be the most severe challenge to our economies and lives. The potential impacts of sea-level rise caused by warmer global temperatures are becoming clearer, according to the latest authoritative assessments from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades and sea-level rise can be expected to reach 28-61cm by 2100.
Concluding four years of intense scientific collaboration by hundreds of authors from around the world, the 5th assessment report responds to the request of the world’s governments for a comprehensive, objective and policy neutral assessment of the current scientific knowledge on mitigating climate change.
Ocean swell events that damage coral reefs, cause coastal erosion and inundate land will occur more frequently, especially during years with a strong El Nino, which will become more extreme. Up to 600 million coastal people around the globe could face devastating consequences from rising seas. Some small island states are at risk of disappearing.
Adaptation to climate change and recovery costs associated with flood damage could reduce global GDP by up to 10 percent by 2100 if adaptation measures are not implemented. This is shown in a recent study, Coastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise, by a group of researchers from Britain’s University of Southampton.
How well coastal communities implement adaptation measures is found to be the most important factor in trying to limit the costs of sea-level rise.
Photograph: Kadmat Island Beach Resort’s New Accommodation Blocks
Courtesy to Kadmat.com, Kadmat Island
Kadmat Forum, Lakshadweep Islands
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