New report says sea levels will likely rise by more than one meter by 2010

A new report says that sea levels will likely rise by more than one meter by 2010. The report’s author Martin Sommerkorm said, in a press conference on the sidelines of the World Climate Conference 3 (WCC 3),

that warming in the Arctic could lead to flooding affecting one quarter of the world’s population resulting from increases in greenhouse gas emissions from massive carbon pools and thus leading to extreme weather changes all over the globe.

The projections of the report, he said, are far worse than previous projections which will make global climate change more severe than indicated by other recent projections including those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007 assessment.

The rise in sea level, he said, which is twice what was projected in the IPCC in 2007, will lead to flooding of the coastal regions and thus affect more than a quarter of the world’s population.

The report issued by WWF International urges the world to listen to those warnings, while its Director-General James Leape says therefore the world must take the necessary measures in Copenhagen this December to get a deal that quickly and effectively limits greenhouse gas emissions.

In December, 191 countries will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the final round of negotiations for a new global agreement on Climate Change.

According to WWF the new agreement must guarantee much deeper and more rapid emission cuts from industrialized countries, and financing to developing countries to enable them also to take climate actions.


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