Low-lying atolls could become ‘uninhabitable’ earlier than thought

This article discusses the impact that sea level rise is having on many islands.

Low-lying coral islands across the tropical oceans could become “uninhabitable” in the coming decades because of the combined impacts of sea level rise and large waves, a new study suggests.

Earlier research, based on sea level rise alone, suggested this wouldn’t happen until at least the end of this century.

But as the new Science Advances study explores, rising sea levels carry another menace – they allow high waves to reach further up – and potentially over – shorelines.

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