Study Shows That 8% of Earth’s Surface Could Submerge Within 20 Years

According to researchers, the problem will be due to a geophysical phenomenon known as subsidence, caused by the sinking of land surface as a result of water, oil and gas extraction from underground.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - By 2040, at least 8% of the Earth's surface is expected to be submerged, according to a study published in Science magazine. The study suggests that about 12 million square kilometers of land are under threat, with an over-50% probability of this occurring, which would affect more than 635 million inhabitants.

According to researchers, the problem will be due to a geophysical phenomenon known as subsidence, caused by the sinking of land surface as a result of water, oil and gas extraction from underground. According to the studies, the most affected areas will be . . .

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