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Rising sea levels unavoidable: IPCC scientists

12:40 PM Mar 21, 2023 IST | Ground Report
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The recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that rising sea levels are now considered unavoidable due to the extent of emissions already released into the atmosphere.

The report states that global sea levels could rise by up to 2 meters by the end of this century, causing devastating consequences for communities and ecosystems worldwide.


The IPCC warns that urgent action is needed to limit the worst impacts of climate change, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and investing in adaptation measures to protect vulnerable regions. This report serves as a wake-up call for the international community to take immediate and ambitious action to address the climate crisis.

Sea levels will definitely rise

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that despite efforts to combat global warming, sea levels will continue to rise for centuries to millennia due to ongoing deep ocean warming and ice sheet melting. The report stated that sea levels will remain elevated for thousands of years.


The report highlights that the average rate of sea level rise was 1.3 millimeters (.05 inches) between 1901 and 1971, which increased to 1.9 mm (.075 inches) between 1971 and 2006, and further increased to 3.7 mm (.15 inches) between 2006 and 2018. The main driver of these increases since 1971 was ‘very likely’ human influence.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has also reported that the past eight years have been the warmest on record globally, largely due to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases.


The IPCC report emphasizes that if the world implements ‘deep, rapid and sustained’ greenhouse gas emissions reductions, faster and long-term sea level rise could be limited.

However, evidence of observed changes in extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts, and tropical cyclones, has further strengthened since the last IPCC Assessment Report in 2014, with human influence being the primary cause.


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