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NEW STUDY SPELLS THREAT TO THE EXISTENCE OF MUMBAI AND NAVI MUMBAI

global-4Days before the Copenhagen conference on climate change kicks off, a major study by a group of 100 international scientists has revealed that sea levels are likely to rise by as much as 1.4 metres that is more than 4 feet by the end of this century. A rise in sea levels as much as 1.4 meters is twice as much as previously predicted in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth assessment report of 2007. The report released by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research is the first comprehensive review of the impact of global warming on Antarctica. The 2007 report had predicted that sea levels could rise by 18 cm to 59 cm by 2099. Subsequent studies of glacial melts in Greenland and Antarctica had raised fears that the rise could be much higher. Scientists have observed that the west Antarctic glaciers are shrinking at a rate fast enough to contribute to a sea level rise of 1.4 metre by 2100, but it will be no more than that. If these projections come true, most areas in low-lying island nations like Maldives will go under the sea. Based on earlier studies, the UN’s environmental panel has warned that sea levels will be high enough to make Maldives uninhabitable by 2100. The new study also enhances the threat to the Indian coast, and cities like Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Chennai and the low-lying Kolkata. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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