Wellington, May 2, 2022 (AFP) – Sea levels are rising twice as fast as initially predicted in parts of New Zealand, putting its two biggest cities at risk, according to data published on Monday.
Information gathered off the coast of the country has determined that some areas are sinking by three to four millimeters a year, accelerating a long-awaited threat.
The projections, described by one expert as “a little frightening”, are the result of a broad five-year government-funded research program called NZ SeaRise, which combines the work of dozens of local and international scientists.
Tim Naish, co-director of NZ SeaRise, pointed out that sea levels are expected to rise by half a meter by 2100, but in much of New Zealand it could approach a meter because at the same time the land is sinking, which threatens the capital. Wellington and Auckland, the largest city in the country.
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