Global sea levels will continue to rise until at least 2300 regardless of how much we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research published today.
|Scientists say sea levels will continue to rise until at least 2300.|
But for every five years until 2035 that we delay reaching net-zero carbon emissions, as committed to under the Paris agreement targets, sea levels will rise by about an extra 20 centimetres, the researchers found as part of the study published in Nature Communications.
They estimated average global sea levels would be between 0.7 and 1.2 metres above 2000 levels by 2300, depending on how quickly we can reduce our emissions.
The Paris agreement, to which Australia is a signatory, has a core aim of limiting global temperature rise this century to "well below" 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to keep the rise below 1.5 degrees.
Read the ABC News story by Nick Kilvert - “Sea levels could rise an extra 60cm if emission reductions are delayed until 2035, study finds.”