Predicted research has suggested that a two degree rise in global temperatures will bring with it rising sea levels of eight inches, while the five degree increase will see sea levels jump by two metres as a result of melting ice caps.
Some scientists have said that it is too late to stop the trend and experts are now warning that it will bring with it unimaginable chaos.
In response to the warming globe, Professor James Hansen, Nasa’s former head of climate research, said that sea level rises is one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.
Speaking to New York Magazine, Prof Hansen predicted that sea levels will rise by “several meters over a timescale of 50 to 150 years”.
He added: “In my opinion that’s the big thing – sea-level rise – because we have such a large fraction of people on coastlines, more than half of the large cities in the world are on coastlines.
“The economic implications of that, and the migrations and the social effects of migrations … the planet could become practically ungovernable, it seems to me.
“Once sea levels go up significantly, you won’t have stable shorelines.
“Just parts of the city will go under water, but then it doesn’t make sense to continue to build there … By the time you get to even one-meter rise, you’re going to be losing more land.”
He added that the growing population was also a “problem”.
“That’s why you want to have energy that’s needed for people to eliminate poverty, because countries that have become wealthy have the population under control.
“But if you do begin to lose major cities [then] the planet becomes ungovernable.”
Source : EXPRESS