Environments Newsletter

February 2015

The Sea Rises by How Much?

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its fifth assessment report last November. These assessments are written by leading scientists who document the science of climate change for the United Nations.  In the newest report, the IPCC noted “human influence on the climate system is clear” and it is “undisputed that the atmosphere and ocean are warmer, snow and ice have diminished and sea level has risen.”  It is expected that extreme precipitation events will become more frequent and the sea level will rise due to thermal expansion, the melting of glaciers, and ice loss from Greenland and West Antarctica.
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