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"A new analysis released today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences includes these mind-numbing statistics:

  • One single liter of petroleum gas burned may add 647 liters of sea volume.
  • One ton of coal burned may add 164,000 gallons of sea volume.

"This is an extraordinary illustration of the sensitivity of the Earth system," writes Ben Strauss, director of Climate Central's Program on Sea Level Rise in a commentary in the journal.

For every one degree Fahrenheit of global warming due to carbon pollution, global sea levels could rise an estimated 4.2 feet over time, according to a study published in PNAS on July 15. In his analysis, which relies on data from that study, Strauss predicts that the future sea level that we're signing up for is getting one foot higher every decade at our current rate of emissions.

This could translate to severe flooding for 1,430 US towns and cities, including Miami, Virginia Beach, Sacramento, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla."


Yeah, Sacramento is a surprise.

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