The Dangers of Rising Sea Levels


Adriana Leiss, Journalist

Since the industrial revelation, the emission of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases has caused a dramatic rise in global temperatures. Because of this the glaciers and ice sheets located around the world have started melting. Due to them melting the sea levels will continue to rise. 

Since the early 1900s, many glaciers around the world have been rapidly melting. Human activities are at the root of this phenomenon. Specifically, since the industrial revolution, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions have raised temperatures, even higher in the poles, and as a result, glaciers are rapidly melting, calving off into the sea and retreating on land. In a study done in 2020 it showed that the global average sea level was 91.3 millimeters which is 3.6 inches above the 1993 average. This is the highest annual average recorded in history.  

The average rate of water levels in the ocean has risen by 0.14 inches per year since 2006. This is 2.5 times the average. Scientists are saying that by the end of the century the global average is supposed to rise at least one foot, even if we cut down on greenhouse gases and carbon emissions.  

In certain places the sea levels have already risen 8 inches. This is due to many reasons like erosion, regional ocean currents, and ground settling. The United States is severely affected by this because the Gulf of Mexico is one of the quickest rising ocean levels and most of the population lives on coastal regions of the country.  

The rising ocean levels threaten the security of buildings, roads, and bridges. Those are just some of the things that are affected the list is nearly endless. The higher water temperatures are also causing a huge surge of storms that some are calling “superstorm” and more frequent flood warnings. These storms and floods can be extremely dangerous and sometimes deadly.