Sea levels are suddenly rising way faster than we realized

January 14, 2015 11:20 PM

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Sea levels are suddenly rising way faster than we realized

At first, the results of a just-published study (paywall) from Harvard University sound like good news. The research found that we’ve been overestimating how much the planet’s seas have risen during the first 90 years of the 20th century—by as much as 30%.

The catch, though, is this: If the seas weren’t rising as fast as we thought between 1900 and 1990, then they must have been rising even faster than we thought since then to land us where we are now.

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