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The melting of the ice sheets will increase global sea level rise by more than 15 inches by 2100



Melting ice shelves in Greenland and Antarctica (like the Getz Ice Shelf shown here) will add over 15 inches to global sea-level rise by 2100, scientists found in a new study. (Photo credit: Jeremy Harbeck / NASA)

If people continue to emit greenhouse gases at the current rate, global sea levels could rise more than 38 centimeters by 2100, scientists found in a new study.

Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide emitted by human activities are major contributors to climate change and the warming of temperatures on planet earth, studies continue to show. As things warm up, the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting. A new study by an international team of more than 60 ice, ocean and atmospheric scientists estimates how much these melting ice sheets will contribute to global sea levels.


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