Climate change: Rise in Sea Levels and Temperatures Lead to Dangerous Salinity

May 20, 2022

Climate change: Rise in Sea Levels and Temperatures Lead to Dangerous Salinity

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This month, YaleEnvironment360 published an article titled Salt Scourge: The Dual Threat of Warming and Rising Salinity, in which the effects of climate change are identified as the potential leading cause of future climate migration due to a rise in sea levels and an increase in temperature. Rising seas and the intrusion of sea waters into the soil and water will make some areas vulnerable and uninhabitable. Among other studies, this article also mentioned the joint work of Valerie Mueller at Arizona State University and Joyce Chen, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics (AEDE) at the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. In 2018 the duo published Coastal Climate Change, Soil Salinity and Human Migration in Bangladesh in the journal Nature Climate Change.  These vulnerable areas range from fertile river deltas directly being affected by the sea level rise, to arid areas further away from the oceans, where higher temperatures will lead to faster rates of evaporation.    

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