Swedish waters rising faster than global average

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23,000 homes in Sweden's southern Skåne, region are threatened by  rising sea levels. (iStock)
23,000 homes in Sweden’s southern Skåne, region are threatened by rising sea levels. (iStock)
New research shows sea levels around Swedish coasts have risen much faster than the global average during the last two decades.

A warmer planet and changes in the wind and rain patterns are the likely culprits.

Deliang Chen a researcher at the University of Gothenburg told the Swedish Radio Science department that the water rose nearly 30 percent more quickly than the global average.

He said the uneven rise is caused by an increase in both rain and easterly winds, which push more water into the Baltic Sea.

The rise is only noticeable in southern Sweden. There are 23,000 homes in the southern region of Skåne that are threatened by the rising sea levels.

Climatologists believe that even Sweden’s capital Stockholm, will begin to feel the effects of the rising sea level within a century.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: The effects of climate change on human health in the North, Radio Canada International

Russia: Blog – Melting permafrost eroding Siberian coasts, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

United States: Extraordinary archaeological site in Alaska village threatened by erosion, Alaska Dispatch

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