If the Earth warms by half a degree, another two hundred million urban dwellers will regularly have to endure floods and severe storms. Higher sea levels will mainly affect Asian countries – China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam, which are also building the most coal-fired power plants in recent years, it says in study. Bangladesh is also at risk.
“Currently, about five percent of the world’s population lives below the level that the world’s seas reach at high tide under the influence of carbon dioxide, which is already accumulated in the astmosphere.” said Climate Central, head of research at the independent organization Ben Strauss.
The current concentration of CO2 is fifty percent higher than it was in 1800, the average temperature on the Earth’s surface rose in the same time by 1.1 degrees Celsius. According to Strauss, this is enough to raise sea levels by two meters. The commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement provide for the sea to rise by three meters, the question remains how long it will take.