SOURCE: Inside Climate News

DATE: February 12, 2018

SNIP: The rate of sea level rise is accelerating so fast that some coastal communities could confront an additional 4 inches per decade by the end of the century—a growing concern now confirmed by thorough measurements from space.

At that rapid pace of change, vulnerable communities might not be able to keep up. Storm surges will increase erosion and damage homes, businesses and transportation infrastructure in some areas. In other places, seawater will intrude on freshwater aquifers. In South Asia and the islands, people will lose the land where they live and farm. And the changes will arrive much faster than they do today.

Some scientists also warn that a rapid disintegration of Antarctica’s ice sheets could push sea level up much faster and higher, by as much as 4 to 10 feet by 2100.