Sea level to rise 1.1 m by 2100, Kerala coasts under threat


P.K. Jayachandran

IPCC also warned about how a lot of islands could potentially turn uninhabitable in the near future.

Kochi: Global warming, if left unchecked, will severely affect those living near the sea, including in Kerala. A report based on the study carried out by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed that the sea levels will rise 1.1 metre by the year 2100, unless something is done to tackle the issue of global warming.

IPCC is an international organisation that carries out studies regarding climate change and its effects. The report cautions Kerala shores, where sea levels keep rising 2 millimetres by each year, owing to rise in atmospheric temperature. It also said that by bringing about a suitable solution to tackle global warming, we can keep the rise in sea level in check.

This could potentially affect around 680 million people living near the sea. The rapid rise in sea level is caused by the melting of glaciers, owing to the upsurge in greenhouse gases on earth.

IPCC also warned about how a lot of islands could potentially turn uninhabitable in the near future. It was proved that the temperature of Arabian Sea has been on the rise since 1995 and this is the prime reason behind recurring sea attacks.

It’s a reality

Global warming will surely result in rise of sea level. Climate change has already happened and almost is irreversible now. The sea shores across the world are different from each other. Vypin is located at sea level but it’s slightly worrying in the case of Lakshadweep. Countries like Netherlands have already begun efforts to find a solution to this. Our future is not safe. It’s a reality, said Dr. P K Dinesh Kumar, Chief scientist of National Institute of Oceanography.

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