Netherlands could face higher sea level rises


Dutch climate experts warned Monday that the low-lying Netherlands could face higher sea level rises than previously forecast as well as the threat of extreme rainfall and other dangerous weather events caused by climate change, Report informs, citing ABC News.

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, known by its Dutch acronym KNMI, said that if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, the sea level along the long Dutch coastline could rise by 1.2 meters (nearly 4 feet) by the year 2100. The institute warned in 2014 of a possible 1-meter rise.

If the melting of the Antarctic ice cap accelerates, then sea levels could rise by 2 meters by 2100.

The agency also warned of both heavier summer storms and droughts, with river levels expected to be lower in the summer and higher in the winter.