Experts warn of global flood threat in less than 80 years
8 de agosto de 2020, 0:0
Canberra, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) A specialized publication warned of global flood threat very likely to occur in less than 80 years, affecting four percent of the population and 20 percent of the world's GDP.
This phenomenon will be the result of higher and higher tides, the rise in storm surges and breaking waves, according to research led by the University of Melbourne, Australia, and published by the scientific journal Nature Scientific Reports.
The study developed a global model of how tides, waves and storms will evolve because of climate change and found that, if coastal protection measures are not adopted, nor greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced, the flooded area of the planet will grow by 48 percent, compared to current estimates.
Such data mean that to the floodable surface calculated so far due to global warming, we must add 250,000 square kilometers more, amounting to 800,000 in total.
It also indicates that the people affected by this dramatic change will reach 225 million, 52 percent more than what is currently registered.
Currently, 600 million people live in coastal areas less than 10 meters above sea level, which means that almost 40 percent of them will be impacted by floods, representing four percent of the world's population.
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