Pollutant Reduction May Slow Sea Level Rise

By Valerie Smock
5/16/2013 9:35:06 AM

Researchers have found that by reducing certain pollutants from being released into the atmosphere may slow down sea level rise. Valerie Smock tells us what they are.

Researchers have been searching for ways to help prevent coastal areas from rising sea levels. According to a new study, they may have found a solution. By reducing emissions of certain pollutants, that rise may slow.

This study noted that by reducing four pollutants (methane, tropospheric ozone, hydrofluorocarbons and black carbon) that cycle relatively quickly through the atmosphere could temporarily prevent the rate of sea level rise by about 25 to 50 percent.

An increase of that nature could submerge portions of densely populated coastal communities, such as New York City, Miami or Tokyo, especially when storm surges hit.