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New Projections Show Sea Level Rise Will Be Far Worse Than Thought


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New Projections Show Sea Level Rise Will Be Far Worse Than Thought

Nika Knight, staff writer

A new report shows that many previous estimates of global sea level rise by 2100 were far too conservative, the Washington Post reported Thursday, and the research comes as new maps and graphics from Climate Central vividly show how disastrous that flooding will be for U.S. cities.


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Mar-a-Lago under water by 2100?
Trump couldn't care less, he's incapable of seeing anything beyond the next couple of days.


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What a lot of people don't seem to be registering is all the goo and crap that will be washed into the oceans by a couple of feet of sea level rise. All he trash and junk that will become part of the oceans. If you think there is a lot of plastic in the ocean now, just wait. It would cost trillions to de-construct the coastal cities and move all the debris from coastal areas to inland landfills. Think of all the infrastructure in Bayonne NJ and Baltimore and Miami...the oil tanks, the trash, the asphalt that is going to become part of the acidifying ocean. Forget eating pelagic fish and hope that enough plankton is left to make enough oxygen for us to breathe. About half of the oxygen generated on earth comes from the ocean. Between the loss of that and the loss of oxygen created by the forests that have and will be destroyed by drought induced fire and we will probably have about as much oxygen at sea level as there is at 19000' today.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/06/0607_040607_phytoplankton.html

http://www.altitude.org/air_pressure.php


#4

But we'll still have Uber, right? Using canoes?


#5

It'll be like Venice :sweat_smile:


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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions
End our love affair with the automobile
Ride more trains and buses
Car pool
Walk and bike more
Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter
Become vegetarians or vegans
Refill plastic bottles with tap water
Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation
Maximize use of reusable bags and products
Recycle junk mail
Forego fast junk food
Go to “slow food”;
Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans
Drive and accelerate more slowly
Climb more stairs
Plant more trees
Forego use of spray cans
Ride more trains and buses
Repair, mend and alter as much as possible
Buy solar panels
Compost as much as possible
Last person out of the room turn off the lights
Eat and farm organic
Ride more trains and buses
Fly fewer planes
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Use manual tools instead of power tools
Share more
Use rakes rather than leaf blowers
Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water
Maximize reusable bags and products
Push rather than power small mowers
Replace lawns with vegetable gardens
Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns
Compost as much as possible
Minimize use of disposables (Pampers, Ikea furniture);
Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;
Limit endless gadgets
Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Local Government Actions
Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)
Institute a carbon tax
Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit
Expand bike paths
Have shareable (zip) cars
Ban electric outdoor signs;
Eat and farm organic
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings
eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food
replace

Federal Government Actions
Ban gasohol
Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war
Discontinue night baseball
Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible
Recycle maximally
Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible
Discontinue aluminum cans
Ban electric outdoor signs
Maximize solar and wind power;
Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture
Reverse deforestation, plant more trees
Restrict spray cans
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide
End yearly auto model changes;
Proscribe junk mail
Scrap the mission to Mars


#7

South Florida may go much sooner.... if any hurricane hits either Lake Okeechobee or the antiquated Turkey Point nuclear plant in Homestead, south Florida becomes uninhabitable, maybe forever. The first from agricultural pollutants, the second from a nuclear meltdown similar to Fukishima. Don't be moving to south Florida!


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Good idea, but I'm not sure I get the "IKEA furniture" reference . . . I have a lot of it and it is lasting as long (probably longer) than anything you can get from competitors these days. It's also easier to assemble than put-togethers from domestic manufacturers.


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Think: New York could be the Venice of North America if they planned it right. Sadly, nobody is into planning.


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I fear that the coastal areas referenced above will "go Dutch" and spend an obscene amount of our tax dollars building dikes and other ocean-containing strategies. There is already talk of these "solutions."

We'll have to put the Great Wall of Trump on hold in favor of the "Manhattan Levee."


#11

Thanks. Good suggestion.


#12

Would rather push through a bill prohibiting a bailout of any private property damage or loss due to climate denial, or the resulting change.


#13

"A new report shows that many previous estimates of global sea level rise by 2100 were far too conservative,"

Pretty scary... The again, climate science was supposed to be settled. Seems it's changing after all.

What if none of this will actually happen? Most of us will be dead by 2100 and our grand-kids are gonna make fun us like we do about early 20th century science.


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I'd rather they laugh at us than dig up our graves and fill the hole with crap should it turn out to be true.


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I expect the big cities to be protected as much as possible but I doubt if there will be enough money to protect a lot of sea coast areas that are less populated. Sea walls will be built along the coast and barriers may also be built further out to keep out the sea during storms. Some areas will be abandoned to the sea. I don't see a fix for Miami because it is built on porous limestone. I expect it to be completely abandoned at some point. Of course sea level rise will not stop at at 2100. It likely to continue for several hundreds years and maybe even longer. It is unclear whether there will still be any civilization left to deal with it. What may occur is vast flooding over a land that no longer has human inhabitants. It would be sad if that is the future it could very well be.


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#17

yeah and they wont have to water the rose garden in the white house........................


#18

I was hoping we could do a test run starting with Mar a Lago!


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It won't matter. He'll be dead and family will sell it before it's over taken. Just that simple


#20

These articles matter as they point out a segment of the problem and are designed to help us awaken to this danger, but on the other hand they also miss the point that it really does not matter how much sea levels rise when the average global temperature is so high that food production will be insufficient leading to untold millions starving which will lead to serious violence. Global average temperature is the problem as at some point too hot, too dry, too wet means no food production.