The water level in the Baltic Sea Rose more rapidly than sea and ocean levels elsewhere in Europe, according to a report by the European Environment Agency.
The absolute water levels in the Baltic Sea rose by an average of 3-5mm annually, in comparisson to the 1-4mm yearly rise in ocean and sea levels elsewhere in Europe. The thawing of glaciers due to global warming is the main contributing factor. “Global mean sea level in 2018 was higher than any year since measurements started in the late 19th century, about 20 cm higher than at the beginning of the 20th century,” the EEA report stated.
“All available studies project that damages from coastal floods in Europe would increase many fold in the absence of adaptation,” according to EEA. Lithuania and other EU member states, except for Poland, have recently committed to building a climate-neutral economy by 2050. The Baltics are routinely named as a region susceptible to adverse environmental due to global warming, and Lithuania has seen drought three years in a row. Lithuania “can no longer distance itself from the resolution of global problems linked to climate change,” President Gitanas Nausėda said in December. Read more: Lithuania ‘at the center of climate change’ – crop failures and extreme weather three years in a row.