Most sea-level rise since 1970 due to greenhouse gas emissions

In the first half of the 20th century, our effect on sea levels was outweighed by natural variation and drivers. But in the latter part, human-induced factors such as burning fossil fuels overtook – and now we're responsible for the lion's share. Belinda Smith reports.

Coastal villages in Java, Indonesia have been particularly affected by rising sea levels. And in recent decades, humans have been responsible for around 70% of that rise. Credit: Dhana Kencana/ Anadolu Agency/ Getty Images