Notice that it wasn’t so long ago – that our scientists were predicting a 9 foot
rise in sea level – now that figure has doubled.
The new study, led by former NASA climate scientist James Hansen (now at Columbia University) is set to be published in the peer-reviewed journal Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry. Hansen and 16 colleagues argue in the paper that increasing melting of the ice sheets over Greenland and Antarctica will lead to a shutdown of the ocean’s currents. That would lead to warm waters trapped under Antarctica, which would increase the melting of ice there (if all the continent’s ice melted, it would raise sea level by around 200 feet).
A bombshell climate study published this week warns that sea levels may rise a catastrophic 10 feet (3 meters) by the end of this century, rather than the currently predicted 3 feet (.9 meters). But mainstream climate scientists say the report appears speculative and is not in sync with the leading understanding of melting sea ice.
As a result, the study is unlikely to change leading scientific consensus or affect the current negotiations on a comprehensive global agreement on climate change.
Hansen’s prediction is more dire than the scenario deemed most likely by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which foresees no more than 3 feet of sea level rise by century’s end. (See an interactive of sea level rise.)
What we need to recall is that our scientists who were predicting Global Warming changes over a few centuries, were apologizing for their miscalculation as the ice beneath their feet began to give way.
I also happened to come upon Al Gore’s old movie – “An Inconvenient Truth” from maybe 2000 –
where he was pointing to Greenland and was telling us that the melting of Greenland alone would bring
a 20 foot rise in sea levels.
Again, for those who may not be aware, there was a 50 year gap in our actually feeling the effects of
Global Warming – which means that what we are currently feeling is ONLY the effects of harm done
to the planet/Nature up to about 1968.
As far as the knowledge and interests of oil industry and oil producing countries in Global Warming, by
1980’s at least, Saudi Arabia was quoted in the NY Times as saying that … “When the time came that they would have to stop pumping oil from the ground because of Global Warming that they would seek subsidies for their loss.”
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