Sea levels are rising far faster than the latest estimates given by international climate change researchers, a new study has warned. Rising tides have the potential to threaten the homes of billions of people living in coastal areas across the world and could spell disaster for low-lying megacities like Tokyo and London.
The new findings suggest that the oceans are rising around 60 per cent more quickly than the latest best estimates from the International Panel on Climate Change. However the research found that the panel, which is derided by some as alarmist, was generally correct in its estimates of rising temperatures.
Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said that while global temperatures were rising within expectations, the 'more complex' problem of sea-level rises had outstripped predictions.
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