worse than we thought – sea level rise!

Rises in sea levels caused by climate change are likely to be bigger than predicted and more dangerous, but scientists are reluctant to “stick their necks out” on the issue for fear of being labelled alarmist, a leading international expert is warning.

Stefan Rahmstorf, a lead author of the recent United Nations report on climate change, has just published a new way of projecting sea level rises caused by global warming. His method suggests much higher rises than published by the UN panel this year, adding to concerns that the panel was too consrvative in its last report.

“It was the icesheet experts who were most upset,” said Professor Rahmstorf, who advises the German government on climate change. “They felt that those risks were not properly represented.”

Sydney Morning Herald, 6 Aug 2007 – screen copy held by this website