Seas are now rising faster than they have in 2,800 years, scientists say

February 22, 2016 8:21 PM

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A group of scientists say they have now reconstructed the history of the planet’s sea levels arcing back over some 3,000 years — leading them to conclude that the rate of increase experienced in the 20th century was “extremely likely” to have been faster than during nearly the entire period.

“We can say with 95 percent probability, that the 20th century rise was faster than any of the previous 27 centuries,” said Bob Kopp, a climate scientist at Rutgers University who led the research with nine colleagues from a number of U.S. and global universities. Kopp said it’s not that seas rose f...

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