New research places further importance on need to reduce carbon emissions
Scientists have warned that sea levels could rise by 6.8m (22ft) by the year 3000. Research done by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has shown that such a rise will be inevitable if carbon emissions continue at current levels.
For the very first time, experts were able to use the new research to track the effect of greenhouse gasses on all the ice on the planet.
By combining the findings with their prediction for rising sea level temperatures, they were able to predict sea level rise for millennia.
Researchers admitted, however, that even if greenhouse gas emissions were nullified today, sea levels would still rise by 1.1m (4ft) because of irreversible damage already done to the Earth’s atmosphere.