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Sea Level Rise

May 4, 2011

From The Washington Post

As Greenland melts faster into sea, researchers forecast up to 5-foot rise in ocean levels

The ice of Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could help raise global sea levels by as much as 5 feet this century, dramatically higher than earlier projections, an authoritative international assessment says.

The findings “emphasize the need for greater urgency” in combating global warming, says the report of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), the scientific arm of the eight-nation Arctic Council.

The warning of much higher seas comes as the world’s nations remain bogged down in their two-decade-long talks on reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

Rising sea levels are expected to cause some of global warming’s worst damage — from inundated small islands to possible flooding of New York City’s subways. Oceans will not rise uniformly worldwide, because of currents, winds and other factors, but such low-lying areas as Bangladesh and Florida will likely be hard-hit.

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From The Washington Post

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  1. Bob Withey permalink
    May 9, 2011 1:36 am

    Sea Level Rise:

    I don’t need a Scientific Panel to inform me that Sea Level Rise is real and unfolding at an unprecendented rate.

    I live in The Bahamas and I have been living here for a couple of years and I do not like what I see. The Sea is rising. It is easy to see when you are driving along the coastline that the Sea is level with the Island in other words Sea/Land are almost same, like a tabletop.

    All it would take is a big enough wind ( or a small quake ) and the Island(s) would be inundated. When you are standing on the beach looking at the horizon, the Sea is unbeleivably high – alarmingly so.

    What amazes me constantly is that no one I speak to about this seems to recognize what is going on here…

    I am living in “Paradise” but I am leaving “Paradise” to go back to the mainland and live a long way from any Sea, that is how bad this situation is. I go to bed nervous every night, especially when the Tide is High/Moon is Full, which makes the tides go extremely high.

    My advice to anyone who is living in a low lying coastal area – move! ASAP

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