The Consequences of Rising Sea Levels

Immediate negative consequences of rising sea levels are:

  • Flooding of coastal cities and areas.
  • Loss of coastal settlements and land
  • Changes in the ecosystem and loss of habitats and species
  • Salinization of soils and drinking water
  • Increased risk of storm surges and tsunamis
  • Impairment of fisheries and agricultural production
  • Changes in ocean currents and climate phenomena
  • 8 of the 10 largest cities are located in low coastal areas

Scientists at the research organization (Climate Central) have calculated that global warming of 4 degrees Celsius would put up to 500 million people at risk worldwide. Asia would be most affected.