Hansen Warns of Massive Sea Level Rise within Decades
James Hansen, our most prominent climate scientist, warns of massive sea level rise within decades. On July 27, 2015, Hansen issued a scientific paper demonstrating that the two degree Celcius global warming limit is not safe, as the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) suggests, and instead will lead to a multi-meter sea level rise within decades. This is major news that will hopefully lead to more urgent action on climate change.
Hansen states: “My conclusion, based on the total information available, is that continued high emissions would result in multi-meter sea level rise this century and lock in continued ice sheet disintegration such that building cities or rebuilding cities on coast lines would become foolish.” He also says sea level rise could be as much as 10 feet in 50 years.
Hansen followed up his scientific paper with a declaration against the US government for its inaction on climate change and calls to President Obama to act immediately.
Read his declaration and call to President Obama here.
Read his scientific paper here.
See Hansen on Fareed Zakaria GPS here.
James Hansen’s website.