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Scientists warn sea levels will still rise even if we hit climate targets

A new study warns that even if countries curb their carbon emissions pledge as part of the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement, sea levels will continue to rise. The research, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, notes that sea levels would rise approximately 20 centimeters by the year 2300 from emissions released between 2016 and 2030 when the Paris Agreement expires. “Even if we were to meet these initial goals of the Paris agreement, the sea level commitment from global warming will be significant,” said one of the study’s co-authors, Oregon State University climate scientist Peter Clark, in a statement. “When we pump more carbon into the atmosphere, the increase in tempera ...