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Global Sea Level Likely to Rise as Much as 70 Feet in Future Generations

     
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Global Sea Level Likely to Rise as Much as 70 Feet in Future Generations

 
     
 

March 19, 2012 Piscataway, NJ — Even if humankind manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommendation, future generations will likely have to deal with a completely different world.

A world with sea levels 12 to 22 meters (40 to 70 feet) higher than now, according to Professor Kenneth Miller of Rutgers University. His research team published their research results this week in the journal Geology. They reached their conclusion by studying rock and soil cores from the late Pliocene epoch (2.7 million to 3.2 million years ago) taken in Virginia, New Zealand, and Eniwetok Atoll in the north Pacific Ocean. During the late Pliocene epoch the carbon dioxide level in Earth’s atmosphere was the same as today’s level and atmospheric temperatures were 2 C higher than today.

 

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