Earth’s oceans could rise over 6 feet by 2100 as polar ice melts, swamping coastal cities such as NYC

New York Harbor, Manhattan

DOYLE RICE / USA TODAY – Miami? Underwater. Norfolk? Swamped. New York City? Fuggedaboutit.

Top experts say that in a worst-case scenario, portions of these and other U.S. coastal cities could be lost to the sea by the end of the century as ocean levels rise because of global warming, a study released Monday said. In fact, on average, seas around the world could be as much as 6.5 feet higher by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked.

This is an estimate that a group of 22 top scientists came up with by using new techniques to measure how the ice will melt in the world’s polar regions. The primary cause of the rising seas will be the ongoing melt of the gigantic ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica …

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