"Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica whose melting rates are rapidly
increasing have raised the global sea level by 1.8cm since the 1990s,
and are matching the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's
worst-case climate warming scenarios.
According to a new study from the University of Leeds and the Danish
Meteorological Institute, if these rates continue, the ice sheets are
expected to raise sea levels by a further 17cm and expose an additional
16 million people to annual coastal flooding by the end of the century.
Since the ice sheets were first monitored by satellite in the 1990s,
melting from Antarctica has pushed global sea levels up by 7.2mm, while
Greenland has contributed 10.6mm. And the latest measurements show that
the world's oceans are now rising by 4mm each year."
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