In a few words, can you explain what global warming is?
Sea levels are rising due to melting ice and glaciers. Global warming is causing the Earth to warm up. This means sea levels are getting higher.
Sea Level Rise & Global Warming
Sea Level Rise: The increase in the average level of the ocean, caused by melting ice and glaciers, as well as thermal expansion of water due to global warming. Global Warming: The phenomenon of increasing average air temperatures near the surface of Earth over time. Thermal Expansion: The expansion of a substance when heated, causing it to take up more space.
Do you think sea level rise due to global warming is a serious problem?
- Yes, it is a very serious problem.
- No, it is not a serious problem.
- I'm not sure.
The world's oceans have risen 8 inches in the last century. By 2100, it is estimated that sea levels will rise between 1-4 feet. The melting of polar ice caps is one of the most visible effects of global warming.
Draw / write: What actions can people and governments take to reduce the effects of global warming?
What are some ways that sea level rise could impact our lives?