The French host of U.N. talks aimed at saving mankind from climate catastrophe said Thursday a historic accord was "extremely close," but called for unprecedented compromises during a second night of non-stop negotiations.
The new numbers up the stakes for coastal communities across the globe. "People need to be prepared," Josh Willis, an oceanographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said. "We're going to continue to have sea level rise for decades and probably centuries."
Northern Hemisphere residents and Americans in particular should take note — when the bottom of the world loses vast amounts of ice, those of us living closer to its top get more sea level rise than the rest of the planet, thanks to the law of gravity.