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2-meter sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100 – study

May 21, 2019 - 8:37 PM

A group of the world's leading ice scientists says the area of land lost to the ocean could be equivalent to that of France, Germany, Spain, and Britain combined and would displace more than 180 million people

Sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing 'slow-motion disaster'

May 20, 2019 - 4:41 PM

The steady sinking of coastal towns and islets like Pariahan in the northern Philippines causes Manila Bay's brackish water to pour inland and displace thousands, posing a greater threat than rising sea levels due to climate change

SITIO PARIAHAN. This photo taken on February 3, 2019 shows the chapel in Sitio Pariahan, Bulacan, located amid encroaching bay waters. Photo by Noel CELIS/AFP

Sea level rise is accelerating – study

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:52 AM

The past annual rate of sea level rise – about 3 millimeters (0.1 inches) per year – may more than triple to 10 millimeters per year by 2100, a study says

SEA LEVEL RISE. Buildings are seen near the ocean as reports indicate that Miami-Dade County in the future could be one of the most susceptible places when it comes to rising water levels due to global warming on March 14, 2012 in North Miami, Florida. File Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

1991 Pinatubo explosion slowed down sea level rise – study

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Sea level rise temporarily slowed down because of the massive 1991 explosion but it is again speeding up scientists say

Mount Pinatubo's crater during the early stages of its 1991 eruption. Photo courtesy US Geological Survey

'Sleeping giant' glacier may lift seas two meters – study

May 19, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Scientists say the Totten Glacier is being eroded by warm sea water flowing hundreds of kilometers inland

epa01879305 A photograph made available 29 September 2009 shows a wave breaking in the Atlantic Ocean on the South Peninsula of Cape Town, South Africa 21 August 2009. As the earth's climate changes the sea level rises and hurricanes change in frequency and strength. There is evidence that the number of intense hurricanes has increased in the Atlantic since 1970. Bangkok the capital of Thailand is currently hosting the 12 day United Nations Climate Change Talks. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Antarctica's melting ice may lift seas a meter by 2100 – study

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Over a longer time scale the study concludes the picture is even grimmer: within 500 years Earth s once frozen continent will have lifted water lines by more than 15 meters 50 feet

Totten Glacier in Antarctica. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Study: Warmer oceans, sea levels up; PH highest rate

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:48 AM

The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated and is likely about twice as much as previously calculated

Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Dec 01, 2015 - 4:27 PM

If mankind fails to curb global warming we would face fallout ranging from massive refugee crises to scorching heatwaves

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

Megacities hit hard by surging sea levels even at 2ºC rise – study

Nov 09, 2015 - 7:52 AM

A 2ºC 3 6ºF spike in Earth s temperature would submerge land currently occupied by 280 million people while an increase of 4ºC 7 2ºF – humanity s current trajectory – would cover areas lived on by more than 600 million a study says

WATERY STREET. A vehicle drives through flooded streets caused by the combination of the lunar orbit which caused seasonal high tides and what many believe is the rising sea levels due to climate change on September 30, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Sea level rise will swallow Miami, New Orleans – study

Oct 13, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States according to a new study

SEA LEVEL RISE. Buildings are seen near the ocean as reports indicate that Miami-Dade County in the future could be one of the most susceptible places when it comes to rising water levels due to global warming on March 14, 2012 in North Miami, Florida. File Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Pacific summit to issue climate message to world

Sep 06, 2015 - 10:10 AM

The annual Pacific Island Forum summit hears details of eroding coastlines increasingly destructive storms and crops ruined by encroaching seawater

A file photo taken on March 3, 2014, shows a high tide energized by storm surges washing across Ejit Island in Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. Vulnerable Pacific island nations will this week from September 7, 2015 send the world an urgent plea for action on climate change at crunch talks in Paris later this year. Some Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) countries lie barely a metre (three feet) above sea level and fear they will disappear beneath the waves without drastic. Photo from AFP

Sea level rise unavoidable, says NASA

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:06 AM

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than ever and oceans are warming and expanding much more rapidly than they have in years past

ICY HORIZON. A handout image dated April 2, 2012 and made available by NASA November 28, 2012 showing Arctic sea ice as seen from the window of the NASA P-3 airplane. Michael Studinger/Handout/EPA

Sea-level rise accelerating, say scientists

May 12, 2015 - 9:23 AM

Scientists say meltwater from the Earth s ice sheets are a likely cause

Totten Glacier. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

UN climate chief says 'door closing' on warming fix

Sep 02, 2014 - 2:49 PM

UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres says the impact of climate change was greatest on Pacific nations even though they had contributed little to the problem

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), speaks to correspondents at UN Headquarters' daily noon briefing, 26 September 2013, United Nations, New York. Sarah Fretwell/UN Photo

Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss

Sep 01, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent s icesheet scientists say

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Florida is 'Ground Zero' for sea level rise

Apr 23, 2014 - 8:03 PM

Florida may be a tourist haven but it is also in danger due to rising sea levels say experts

RISING SEAS. Southern Miami beach with downtown Miami in background. Public domain photo from Wikipedia.

Fiji leader invites climate-hit Kiribati residents to relocate

Feb 13, 2014 - 12:25 PM

President Epeli Nailatikau made the offer this week while on an official visit to the neighboring nation of about 30 coral atolls sitting only a few meters feet above sea level

DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SEAWALL? Residents of the Kiritimati coral atoll in the Line Islands, part of the Republic of Kiribati, build a seawall with blocks of reef to protect themselves against rising sea levels due to global warming. AFP / Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) / Undated handout

6 ways climate change will affect PH cities

Jan 22, 2014 - 11:58 AM

El Niño sea level rise ocean acidification are just some scenarios PH cities face due to climate change

Pacific climate change pact wins US support

Sep 08, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Separately the US was offering 24 million over five years for projects in vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson

Pacific leaders sign plea for action on climate change

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The goal of the Majuro Declaration was to create the political will for the world to adopt legally binding climate change targets by 2015

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson