Oceans Rise With Every Liter of Fuel Burned, Study Warns

A new analysis released today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences includes these mind-numbing statistics:

  • One single liter of petroleum gas burned may add 647 liters of sea volume.
  • One ton of coal burned may add 164,000 gallons of sea volume.

“This is an extraordinary illustration of the sensitivity of the Earth system,” writes Ben Strauss, director of Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise in a commentary in the journal.


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