The Straits Times
Published on Nov 28, 2012

Seas rising faster than projected, low areas threatened: Study


DOHA (REUTERS) - Sea levels are rising 60 per cent faster than United Nations (UN) projections, threatening low-lying areas from Miami to the Maldives, a study said on Wednesday.

The report, issued during UN talks in Qatar on combating climate change, also said temperatures were creeping higher in line with UN scenarios, rejecting hopes the rate had been exaggerated.

"Global warming has not slowed down, (nor is it) lagging behind the projections," said Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, lead author at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research that compared UN projections to what has actually happened from the early 1990s to 2011.

The study said sea levels had been rising by 3.2mm a year according to satellite data, 60 per cent faster than the 2mm annual rise projected by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over that period.