NASA data shows sea levels rising at faster rate

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According to NASA scientists and newly released satellite data, global sea levels have risen by eight centimeters (or about three inches) in the past 23 years. But they’re not rising at the same rate everywhere.

CCTV America’s Jessica Stone provides insight on why people living along the Pacific coasts of China and the United States should be especially concerned.

NASA data shows sea levels rising at faster rate

According to NASA scientists and newly released satellite data, global sea levels have risen by eight centimeters (or about three inches) in the past 23 years. But they're not rising at the same rate everywhere. CCTV America's Jessica Stone provides insight on why people living along the Pacific coasts of China and the United States should be especially concerned.

More details:

  • Nearly half of the world’s population lives within 150 kilometers of a coastline.
  • NASA scientists say the satellites that helped them track past patterns of sea level change will also help forecast future patterns.
  • NASA scientists predict sea levels will rise over the next 10 years on the U.S. west coast even as they fall on China’s east coast.

Josh Willis on the rising sea levels

CCTV America’s Asieh Namdar spoke to Josh Willis, a NASA climate scientist, who explained what it will take to slow down what he calls “the unstoppable sea level rise.”

Josh Willis on the rising sea levels

CCTV America's Asieh Namdar spoke to Josh Willis, a NASA climate scientist, who explained what it'll take to slow down what he calls "the unstoppable sea level rise".