ESA image: Drowning islands

June 6, 2014
Credit: KARI/ESA

'Raise your voice, not the sea level' is the theme for today's World Environment Day.

As 2014 is the UN-designated International Year of Small Island Developing States, this year's theme focuses on the effects of on small islands.

Small islands and coastal areas are under threat from rising sea levels. An increase in has accelerated the melting of glaciers and ice sheets. This influx of water together with thermal expansion is causing the global to rise by about 3 mm a year.

Earth-observing satellites are continuously mapping global and regional sea-level change. Some of these spaceborne instruments collect data that can also be used to quantify the amount of water coming from various sources.

This image from the Kompsat-2 satellite, acquired on 9 January 2011, shows islands of the Haa Alif Atoll in northern Maldives. Maldives is a member of the Alliance of Small Island States, and is one of the world's most vulnerable nations to the effects of climate change.

Explore further: New study finds sea level rose 2.4 mm/year between 2005 and 2011

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Shootist
2 / 5 (8) Jun 06, 2014
The seas have been raising for 10000 years. Go see the fossil forest recently discovered off the coast of Wales. Or the sunken cities across the Old World.

You'll are just barking at the moon.
Captain Stumpy
3.7 / 5 (6) Jun 07, 2014
You'll are just barking at the moon
@shooty
you'll is a contraction of "you will" and is defined as "you will OR you shall" http://www.yourdi...m/you-ll
so your comment is nonsense

the threat of warming is the ability of the flora and fauna to cope or adapt quickly enough to survive

Maggnus
4.3 / 5 (6) Jun 07, 2014
Stumpy is right! Shootist is just trolling by, denying. Barely worth the effort Stumpy.

At least he admits the seas are rising. I suppose that's an improvement.
cantdrive85
1.6 / 5 (7) Jun 07, 2014
The skies are fallin'
The seas are a risin'
The sun she shines on...

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