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Ocean Warming Accelerates, Bringing Coast Risks, Powerful Storms

Jan. 10, 2019, 7:00 PM

Ocean warming is accelerating and will continue to do so, with devastating consequences to coastal communities and fishing industries worldwide to a tune of tens of billions of dollars annually through 2100, projections from a new report show.

Hotter oceans mean sea levels could rise by 1 foot on average on top of a rise in ocean waters due to global ice melt, if the global community follows a business-as-usual scenario, according to a paper to be published Jan. 11 in the journal Science.

Even if commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change to cut carbon dioxide emissions ...