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​IPCC report rings environmental alert for coastal Indian cities, including Mumbai amid others

Mumbai may sink about 3-feet underwater by the end of this century, reads IPCC report.

Ringing an environmental alert, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has marked coastal India under the high-risk radar. The mainland has witnessed unpredictable weather patterns in the recent past and if trends continue, around 12 coastal cities, including Mumbai, may sink about 3-feet underwater by the end of this century. The analysis has been backed by NASA, which employs the IPCC report to study the changes in seawater levels across the world.

Global Warming or Global Warning?

Climate change is real and the latest IPCC reports testify that. The study lines rising sea level to threatens to submerge 12 Indian coastal cities underwater if corrective measures are not undertaken. This list includes Kandla, Okha, Bhavnagar, Mumbai, Mormugao, Mangalore, Cochin, Paradip, Khidirpur, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin.

Reportedly, each of the cities is witnessing a rising water level trend, that ranges from 0.49 feet to 2.70 feet. The rising-rate in Mumbai, on the western coast, is marked at 1.90 feet.

The IPCC report is published every 5 to 7 years since 1988, with global-scale assessments of Earth's climate. The focus of these reports runs through the changes in temperature, ice cover, greenhouse gas emissions and sea levels across the planet. The latest study indicates the sea level around Asia has been rising at a faster than average global rate. Thus, the frequency of extreme alterations in the sea level, which previously happened over a century, will shorten to every six to nine years by 2050.

As such, severe and several coastal floods in low-lying areas, coastal erosion and intense sea-level events will become annual occurrences due to sea-level rise throughout the 21st century. This change will affect various regions differently, amplifying the threat of global warming. The impact will scale from wet and dryness to winds, snow and ice, along with changes in ocean and coastal areas, read the report.

Monsoon to elongate in India in 100 years

The IPCC report has also predicted the stretching of the monsoons in India by the end of this century. This, coupled with the shrinking and melting of the Himalayan glaciers will only add to the rise in the sea-water levels. The whole warming mechanism will progress the sinking of the coastal areas.

The rise in precipitation has been linked to the effect of local land and land cover change (green and open spaces). The report shows new evidence, that an increase in unplanned urbanisation can intensify rains - especially in the afternoon and every evening, over urban areas.

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