Rising Global Sea Levels and Its Impacts on Human Security

The United Nations has recently sounded the alarm about the existing and expected global sea level rise along with its impacts on human security.   For example, the UN Security Council held a public meeting about this topic, where the UN Secretary General Guterres said that rising seas threaten ‘mass exodus on a biblical scale’.  These rising sea levels is an example of “How Climate Change is a Security Threat Multiplier”.  One example glacier that could collapse and raise sea levels significanlty is the Thwaites Glacier.  To view information about it, visit: Thwaites “Doomsday” Glacier and Related Information.  Given below are several articles about rising sea levels and related topics:

1) WMO: UN Security Council holds session on sea level rise, 15 February 2023

2) UN News: Sea level rise poses ‘unthinkable’ risks for the planet, Security Council hears, 14 February 2023

3) WMO Report: Global Sea-Level Rise & Implications Key facts and figures

4) Guardian: Rising seas threaten ‘mass exodus on a biblical scale’, UN chief warns, Damian Carrington, Tue 14 Feb 2023 – António Guterres calls for urgent action as climate-driven rise brings ‘torrent of trouble’ to almost a billion people

5) InsideClimateNews: Twice as Much Land in Developing Nations Will be Swamped by Rising Seas than Previously Projected, New Research Shows by Bob Berwyn, February 7, 2023 – More accurate mapping of terrain in coastal regions will allow countries to better assess flood risk.

6) InsideClimateNews: Sea Level Rise Could Drive 1 in 10 People from Their Homes, with Dangerous Implications for International Peace, UN Secretary General Warns By Bob Berwyn February 14, 2023 – António Guterres says rising seas are a serious threat requiring a coordinated global response at the highest levels. With 900 million people at risk, sea level rise could drive “a mass exodus of entire populations on a biblical scale.”

7) SciTechDaily: Doomsday Glacier Is “In Trouble” – Surprising Results From Underwater Robot Close-Up View of Melting By BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY Feb. 16, 2023

8) France24: Climate, ice sheets & sea level: the news is not good, 16/02/2023

9) Nature.com: Glimpse beneath iconic glacier reveals how it’s adding to sea-level rise, 15 February 2023 – Data-gathering instruments under the melting Thwaites Glacier are helping researchers to figure out how the ice will change in future.

10) Chinese envoy to UN calls on international community to slow down global warming and contain rapid sea-level rise By Global Times, Feb 15, 2023

11) IFL Science: Ice Sheets May Cause 1.4-Meter Sea Level Rise If Climate Crisis Lets Rip, Feb 14, 2023 – The only way to prevent a disastrous run-away effect is to reach net-zero carbon emissions before 2060 – and there’s no promise the world will achieve this.

12) Security Council Report: February 2023 Monthly Forecast – Sea-Level Rise

13) AP: Rising seas risk pose ‘death sentence’ for some nations, U.N. chief says, Feb. 14, 2023 – Low-lying communities and entire countries could disappear, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns

14) Reuters: Warm water melts weak spots on Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier,’ say scientists By Cassandra Garrison, February 15, 2023 – ‘Extreme situation’: Antarctic sea ice hits record low, Wed 15 Feb 2023

15) Guardian: Sea ice helps protect glaciers and ice caps that would cause massive sea level rise when lost, scientists warn,15 Feb 2023

16) Washpost: Rising seas risk climate migration on ‘biblical scale,’ says U.N. chief By Rachel Pannett, February 15, 2023 – The head of the United Nations has warned that rising sea levels caused by global warming could spur a mass migration of entire populations from low-lying areas on a “biblical scale.” – Speaking to the Security Council in New York about the impact of sea level rises on global peace and security, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said that some 900 million people live in low-lying coastal areas.

17) CNN: Nearly 30 dangerous feedback loops could permanently shift the Earth’s climate, scientists say By Laura Paddison, CNN, February 17, 2023

18) ScienceDaily: Feedback loops make climate action even more urgent, scientists say, February 17, 2023, Oregon State University

19) Phys.org: Scientists warn that many dangerous feedback loops make climate action more urgent by Conservation Biology Institute Feb. 17, 2023

20) Overview webpage about rising global greenhouse gas (GHG) levels by Climate Solutions Advancement Network (ClimateSAN).

21) Webpage about the Thwaites “Doomsday” Glacier with links to detailed information: Thwaites “Doomsday” Glacier and Related Information.

22) The World Climate and Security Report 2022 by the Clingendael Institute.

23) The World Climate and Security Report 2021 by the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS).

24) Ecological Threat Report 2022, October 2022 – Analyzing the Ecological Threats, Resilience & Peace by the Institute for Economics & Peace.

25) Institute for Economics & Peace Report Briefing: Ecological Threat Report Briefing 2023. Full Report: Ecological Threat Report 2023

26) UN HCR Global Trends Report 2021 – At the end of 2021, 89.3 million individuals worldwide were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.

27) Selected articles from the ClimateSAN webpage about Growth of Violence and Forced Migration Relating to Climate Change:

a) Climate change could force 1.2 billion to move by 2050. Is the world even remotely ready? Analysis by Robert Muggah  Published by Mongabay, December 2022.
b) How Climate Change Helps Violent Nonstate Actors, Dec .14, 2022 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
c) Canada Braces for Prospect of Future Climate Refugees, February 15, 2022 by VOA News

28) Selected Videos about Climate-related Forced Migration

29) PBS Terra Video: The Doomsday Glacier Is Collapsing…Who Is Most at Risk?, Apr 18, 2022

30) Guardian: Greenland losing 30m tonnes of ice an hour, study reveals by Damian Carrington, Wed 17 Jan 2024 – Total is 20% higher than thought and may have implications for collapse of globally important north Atlantic ocean currents

31) Reuters: Greenland glaciers melt five times faster than 20 years ago By Johannes Birkebaek. November 10, 2023

32) Interactive Map of Coastal Sea Level Rise by ClimateCentral