Skip to comments.Global Sea Level Could Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future
Posted on 03/22/2012 8:47:03 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Scientists looked back in time in the geologic record to see the future
Even if humankind manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendsfuture generations will likely have to deal with a completely different world.
One with sea levels 40 to 70 feet higher than at present, according to research results published this week in the journal Geology.
The scientists, led by Kenneth Miller of Rutgers University, reached their conclusion by studying rock and soil cores taken in Virginia, New Zealand and the Eniwetok Atoll in the north Pacific Ocean.
They looked at the late Pliocene epoch, 2.7 million to 3.2 million years ago, the last time the carbon dioxide level in Earths atmosphere was at its current level and when atmospheric temperatures were 2 C higher than they are now.
The difference in water volume released is the equivalent of melting the entire Greenland and West Antarctic Ice Sheets, as well as some of the marine margin of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, said H. Richard Lane, program director in the National Science Foundations Division of Earth Sciences, which funded the work.
Such a rise of the modern oceans would swamp the worlds coasts and affect as much as 70 percent of the worlds population.
You dont need to sell your beach real estate yet, because melting of these large ice sheets will take centuries to millennia, Miller said.
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Is that even possible? Is there even that much ice on the planet?
Nonsense. The seas stopped rising in November 2008.
What a bunch of BS. These Libs just can’t give up on the dream of an apocalypse just to show us how wrong we all were. Just for these idiots, I am going to do burn outs in on of my big block V8’s this weekend just for fun.
Wow, that global warming stuff is a hard lie to kill.
I don’t think 2 degrees would do that
“Global Sea Level Could Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future ...”
...or they might not.
Additionally, giant bunnies might deliver me milkshakes every day for the rest of my life.
It could happen!
There is always that canard "could" given by most "experts". You can find just as many experts that will dispute any of these arguments.
It happens in a cycle, every 24,000 years or so. Ice age, temperate, hot house, ice age. Like clock work.
Obama was supposed to stop all this! We’re doomed! Doomed!
If Obama gets re-elected in November, it really doesn’t matter if the sea level were to rise 1000 feet.
You know, if the globe gets warmer over time, it is not really a big deal. We all farm canada, instead of texas.
Big deal. South pole become a swamp again, oxygen levels go up.
Sure, Florida goes under water - so what? Dumb place to build, on a sandbar.
On the other hand, let the globe go 3C colder - and most of the human race will die. In fact, it is estimated that less than 10K humand on the planet survived that last time.
And monkeys COULD fly out of my butt.
The melting in Antarctica accelerates enormously when the temperature rises from -40 ºF to -38 ºF.
It’s a real zombie.
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