The average sea level around China is at its highest level since 1980, and that’s not great news for our coastal home of over 24 million people which is just barely above sea level.
Yesterday, China’s State Oceanic Administration issued a report which stated that the average sea level along the Chinese coast was 33 mm higher than it was 2015, and 82 mm higher than the average level from 1993 to 2011. The finding continues a trend that has seen sea levels rising along the Chinese coast by an average of 3.2 mm each year. The administration attributes this trend to climate change.
While those tiny numbers may not seem too terrifying, they can have a massive effect. In 2015, Climate Central, a non-profit organization focusing on climate science, published a study showing how much of Shanghai could be submerged if the global average temperature were to rise by just 4 degrees Celsius.
Now might be a good time to start thinking about buying a boat, folks.
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