'Alarming' rise in sea levels predicted, tertiary education dragging its heels and trust deficit continues for business

Sea level to rise at double present rate

The world could face average sea-level rises of 6 millimetres per year by 2040, double the present rate, new research from Oxford University’s Oxford Martin School finds. At the end of this century, sea-level rises are set to increase even further, to around 14mm per year.

The world should expect a 20cm jump in the average global sea level between now and 2040, increasing another 60-70cm between 2040 to 2100. This is assuming a “business as usual” scenario in which the earth’s global surface temperature rises by 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels around 2040, and by 5°C around 2100.

The study anticipates a worst-case scenario, too, in which exceptional amounts of melt-water come from Antarctica and Greenland. Should that eventuality unfold, the study’s authors anticipate a massive 180cm rise in global average sea level by 2100. Coastal cities will be hardest hit. Supposing a 5°C warming scenario by the end of the century, populous cities such as Bangkok and Lagos could see rises of up to 191cm and 192cm, respectively. The range for London is calculated at between 38cm and 182cm. If this doesn’t sound grim enough, then factor in the fact that...

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