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Scientists express worry about future sea-level rise

A new study by scientists from around the world says that if current carbon emissions continue, the average temperature rise in the planet could hit 2 degrees Celsius by 2040.

Coastal properties in Galveston were the subject of a court decision that some say threatens the state's Open Beaches Act.

A new study by scientists from around the world says that if current carbon emissions continue, the average temperature rise in the planet could hit 2 degrees Celsius by 2040. That translates to an average sea-level rise around the planet of six inches. According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the rise will be greater along the U.S. East Coast, where it could reach more than a foot. (The Washington Post)

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