New NASA Study Finds Dramatic Acceleration in Sea Level Rise

According to new research, global sea level isn’t rising steadily — it’s getting faster every year.

The findings, which came from an analysis of 25 years’ worth of satellite data, are bad news for all low-lying regions threatened by the encroaching ocean: It may rise twice as high by 2100 as previously estimated. 

The study, published on Feb. 12 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that in the next 80 years, the sea level may rise by up to 26 inches (65 centimeters) as a result of climate change, cutting much larger chunks from the coastal areas than previously estimated.

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