Jenna Ladd| June 12, 2017
This week’s On The Radio segment discusses a recent study that found sea levels are rising at a significantly faster rate than in the past.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
This new finding is one of the strongest indications yet that a much-feared trend of not just sea level rise, but its acceleration, is now underway.
Their paper, published in May’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, isn’t the first to find that the rate of rising seas is itself increasing — but it finds a bigger rate of increase than in past studies.
The new paper concludes that before 1990, oceans were rising at about almost a half an inch per decade. From 1993 through 2012, though, it finds they rose by almost one and a quarter inches per decade.
To learn more about the study, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.