The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Sea Levels Could Rise at Fastest Rate in Human History
Without the emissions cuts laid out in the Paris agreement, global temperatures could reach 2 C as early as 2040 and cause the fastest acceleration in sea level rise in human history, according to a new study.
Sea levels could rise up to a foot in the most vulnerable cities by mid-century, with the rate of sea level rise reaching 6 millimeters per year by 2040 and more than 10 millimeters a year by the end of the century. The current rate of sea level rise is estimated to be around 3.4 millimeters a year.
"If warming continues above 2 degrees Celsius, then, by 2100, sea level will be rising faster than at any time during human civilization," the study says.
According to the study, these heavily populated, rapidly growing cities are at most risk with at least 2.9 feet of sea level rise expected by 2100:
- Dakar, Senegal
- Guangzhou, China
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Manila, Philippines
- Qingdao, China
For a deeper dive:
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Raphael Tsavkko Garcia
Rarely has something so precious fallen into such unsafe hands. Since Jair Bolsonaro took the Brazilian presidency in 2019, the Amazon, which makes up 10 percent of our planet's biodiversity and absorbs an estimated 5 percent of global carbon emissions, has been hit with a record number of fires and unprecedented deforestation.
Microsoft announced ambitious new plans to become carbon negative by 2030 and then go one step further and remove by 2050 all the carbon it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975, according to a company press release.
Winter is upon us and so is the risk of vitamin D deficiency and infections. Vitamin D, which is made in our skin following sunlight exposure and also found in oily fish (mackerel, tuna and sardines), mushrooms and fortified dairy and nondairy substitutes, is essential for good health. Humans need vitamin D to keep healthy and to fight infections. The irony is that in winter, when people need vitamin D the most, most of us are not getting enough. So how much should we take? Should we take supplements? How do we get more? And, who needs it most?
An expanse of uncommonly warm seawater in the Pacific Ocean created by a marine heatwave led to a mass die-off of one million seabirds, scientists have found.