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20th century sea level rose at fastest rate since founding of Rome

Global warming implicated in half or more of oceans’ rise during 1900s

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3:00pm, February 22, 2016
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RISING WATERS  Sea levels rose faster during the 20th century than during any other century since the foundation of Rome in the eighth century B.C., new research shows. Higher sea levels increase the risk of storm-induced flooding, as seen when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012.

Sea levels rose faster last century than during any time since Rome was founded around 2,800 years ago. Reconstructing past rises and falls in global sea level, researchers estimate that more than half of the 13.8 centimeters of sea level rise recorded in the 1900s resulted from global warming effects, such as glacial melt. The new work will appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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