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Based on the amount of greenhouse gases humans have already added to Earth’s atmosphere, the world will experience a sea level rise of around 1.50 meters over the next several decades, the world said. climatologist Benjamin Strauss at “The Climate Crisis Podcast”.

“It’s in that range, you know, 5 feet plus or minus. And that’s because we’ve already warmed the planet by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.1 Celsius, ”Strauss, president and CEO of Climate Central, a nonprofit that tries to educate, told Yahoo policy makers and the public on the threats posed by climate change. New. “Think of it this way: If I dumped an ice cream truck in the middle of Phoenix, we would all know it’s going to melt. But it takes a while to melt. And the same is true for the great ice caps of Greenland and Antarctica and glaciers around the world. We turned up the thermostat. We have already warmed the planet by a few degrees, but they have only started to react by melting. And that’s why we have all this extra sea level in the pipeline and that’s, it’s enough, I’m afraid to say, it’s hard to imagine the long-term future of southern Florida, let’s say, okay, with the sea level that’s already going on. “

A woman stands near Bikeman Islet in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in 2013 (David Gray / Reuters)

Strauss, who testified before Congress on the number of American homes that will be threatened due to sea level rise caused by climate change, noted that current estimates are that seas will rise by 2 to 3 feet by the end of the century and will continue to rise in the decades that follow. Yet the fact that around 1.50 meters of sea level rise has already been built into the future of the planet is, for Strauss, even more incentive for the world to come together to prevent that number from rising. even higher.

“I think we can help each other a lot by slowing down these changes,” he said.

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