glacierIdyllic islands and bustling cities such as Venice and Miami may be spared from rising sea levels in the near future because parched land is absorbing some of the water released by melting glaciers, and preventing it from ending up in the oceans.

The planet’s continents have soaked up and stored about 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers, according to NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory.

The agency analyzed satellite measurements collected over the past decade to show the rate of sea level rise has slowed by 22 per cent – although the effect may be temporary. Read more >>

 

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