Sea levels are rising faster than first thought. The UN predicts that melt from Greenland and Antarctica may raise sea levels a meter by 2100. The Hawaiian islands are in fact still growing as the tectonic plate they rest on moves gradually over a hotspot. The islands are relatively young, the Big Island less than one million years old. Because of this, lower-elevation areas such as Burma and Bangladesh, and cities on the coast are in greater threat of being submerged.
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