Monday, November 23, 2009

New prediction for sea level on East Coast

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

The problem with this research is that a large percentage of people who read articles like this won't care because they don't plan on being here in 2099, nor do they have enough compassion to want to shield their grandchildren from having to deal with the messes we are creating today.

What would be helpful is this: What are the coasts going to look like in 10 years? 20? Give us some data we can start measuring off our docks right now.

Fast-melting ice from Greenland and Antarctica will lead to a much sharper rise in sea levels than previously estimated, touching off flooding that will radically alter U.S. East Coast cities from Miami to Baltimore, according to a new study.

Climate change will cause a rise of at least 1 meter (39 inches) in sea levels by the end of this century, according to a review of scientific data by Clean Air-Cool Planet, an environmental group that calls itself nonpartisan.

The projection is in sharp contrast to a 2007 study by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said world sea levels could increase 18-59 centimeters (7-23 inches) by 2100.

"We are on our way to radically changing what the coasts look like," said Jim White, a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, who worked on the study. "Norfolk could replace New Orleans as the poster child" for coastal flooding, he told reporters on Thursday.

Read the rest of this Reuters article here.

Further reading: Harvard Finds Kidney Stones, Malaria Among Global-Warming Risks

Some plants and animals are already beginning to move inland in India:

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