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Seas Rising Faster Than Any Time in Past 2,800 YearsFebruary 26, 2016
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I think we can definitely be confident that sea-level rise is going to continue to accelerate if there’s further warming, which inevitably there will be. — Stefan Rahmstorf of Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Sea levels are rising around the world several times more quickly than at any other time in the past 2,800 years in an accelerating climb brought on by manmade global warming.

Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of international researchers says that until the 1800s, the fastest sea levels rose was about 1.2 to 1.6 inches per century.

But the oceans rose about 5.5 inches during the 20th century as greenhouse gases accumulated in the atmosphere and climate change accelerated.

“It’s because of the temperature increase in the 20th century which has been driven by fossil fuel use,” said Rutgers earth and planetary sciences professor Bob Kopp.

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