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Reykjavík Better Off than NYC as Sea Levels Rise

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted in 2007 that sea levels would rise by at least 28 centimeters by 2100—other researchers say these figures are an under-estimate. Whatever the impact, regions will be affected differently, with New York at a higher risk than Reykjavík, for example.

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Reykjavík harbor. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“Everybody will still have the impact, and in many places they will get the average rise,” Roderik van der Wal from the University of Utrecht, one of the teams presenting their regional projections at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) meeting in Vienna, told the BBC.

“But places like New York are going to have a larger contribution than the average – 20 percent more in this case – and Reykjavík will be better off,” he added.

Of the 13 regions for which specific projections were made, New York sees the biggest increase from the global average, although Vancouver, Tasmania and The Maldives are also forecast to see above-average impacts.

Click here to read the full story on the BBC and here to read about climate change concerns in Iceland.

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