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Ice melt, sea level rise, to be less severe than feared: Study

Published on May 15, 2013 6:05 AM

OSLO (REUTERS) - A melt of ice on Greenland and Antarctica is likely to be less severe than expected this century, limiting sea level rise to a maximum of 69cm, an international study said on Tuesday.

Even so, such a rise could dramatically change coastal environments in the lifetimes of people born today with ever more severe storm surges and erosion, according to the ice2sea project by 24, mostly European, scientific institutions.

Some scientific studies have projected sea level rise of up to 2m by 2100, a figure that United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has called a worst case that would swamp large tracts of land from Bangladesh to Florida.

Ice2sea, a four-year project to narrow down uncertainties of how melting ice will pour water into the oceans, found that sea levels would rise by between 16.5 and 69cm under a scenario of moderate global warming this century.

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