Extreme sea level events ‘will hit once a year by 2050’

Climate report says intense storms and loss of marine life are already inevitable

Extreme sea level events that used to occur once a century will strike every year on many coasts by 2050, no matter whether climate heating emissions are curbed or not, according to a landmark report by the world’s scientists.

The stark assessment of the climate crisis in the world’s oceans and ice caps concludes that many serious impacts are already inevitable, from more intense storms to melting permafrost and dwindling marine life.

5.4 metres: highest likely sea level rise by 2300, if global carbon emissions are not cut.

Related: ‘Extraordinary thinning’ of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a body of the United Nations. Based in Geneva, it was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to determine the state of knowledge on climate change. 

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