An increase in the temperature of Earth causes sea levels to rise as water gets warmer and begins to occupy more space. Glaciers melt, adding to the rising sea levels. In such cases, low lying areas are put into a dangerous position as the sea threatens to flood these areas and destroy the life they hold. Other effects of rising sea levels include the erosion of coastlines which results in displacement of plants and animals and a damaged ecosystem. It has been predicted that over one hundred million people over the world live within three feet of sea level, and their very lives and livelihood are being threatened by the rising sea levels. As awareness of climate change grows, many people who live in coastal areas are evacuating their homes to migrate to safer places, thereby leaving them with the burden to rebuild their entire lives and sources of livelihood.
Rising sea levels