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West Africa's coastline redrawn by climate change: experts
AFP ^ | 08/22/08 | Aminu Abubakar

Posted on 08/22/2008 2:18:06 PM PDT by Abathar

ACCRA (AFP) - Rising sea levels caused by climate change will brutally redraw a 4,000-kilometre (2500-mile) stretch of west African coastline from Senegal to Cameroon by century's end, experts were told AFP Friday.

"The cost of Guinea will cease to exist by the end of this century," said Stefan Cramer, a marine geologist and head of German green group Heinrich Boll Stiftung's operations in Nigeria.

"The countries most threatened by this looming environmental disaster are Gambia, Nigeria, Burkina Fasso and Ghana," he told AFP on the sidelines of a major UN climate conference in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Cramer said sea levels were set to rise up to two centimetres (0.8 inches) per year, enough to devastate large swathes of fragile coastline, especially in low-lying and densely populated deltas.

Last year UN climate change experts initially predicted more modest rises of 18 to 59 centimetres (7.2 to 23.2 inches), but in a final version of their report left the upper limit open-ended due to mounting scientific evidence that levels might climb much higher.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had not taken into account the potential impact of runoff from the 3,000-metre (1.9 mile) thick Greenland ice cap, which covers an areas three times the size of Nigeria.

Recent studies have suggested the continent-sized ice block could be melting far more quickly than once thought.

Among the cities worst hit would be the Gambian capital Banjul and Lagos, Nigeria's economic capital and home to 15 million. Some parts of Lagos lie below sea-level today and it is already subject to frequent flooding.

The solution, he said, is to focus on the source of the problem rather than on how to adapt to its consequences.

"The industrialised countries should take proactive steps in curtailing greenhouse gas emissions," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agw; algoresmiling; climatechange; coastalenvironment; environment; globalwarming; unscaretactics
Oh man, this one has it all. Women and minorities hit hardest, numbers so high they scare people on mountaintops, and even threatening the oilfields so those non-believers get nervous too.

"Last year UN climate change experts initially predicted more modest rises of 18 to 59 centimetres (7.2 to 23.2 inches), but in a final version of their report left the upper limit open-ended due to mounting scientific evidence that levels might climb much higher."

All I can do is LOL and pity the people who actually believe this *&^%.

1 posted on 08/22/2008 2:18:06 PM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

All this “climate change” garbage is really out of control.


2 posted on 08/22/2008 2:20:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (A History and Science Minute.- "Climate change" has been going on for millions of years!)
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To: Abathar

It’s like all forms of mass hysteria, 1970’s disco lasted for 3 decades in the down market 3rd world, even became the national music genre in Syria and Lebanon.

Now that the profit margins on global warming hysteria is falling off in the 1st world, the scam artists are moving down market to try to swindle 1st world governments through NGO pressure to give grants to 3rd world kleptocracies.


3 posted on 08/22/2008 2:20:41 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Abathar
Allow me to be the first: Bush's fault.

And, when reparations are awarded, I suppose everyone who voted for him can be held liable for this and all the other catastrophic damages he, Karl Rove an Dick Cheney have perpetrated on the planet in the last 8 years.

4 posted on 08/22/2008 2:21:19 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Abathar
"The cost of Guinea will cease to exist by the end of this century,

Another shot at "15 minutes of fame".

5 posted on 08/22/2008 2:23:36 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Abathar
Rising sea levels caused by climate change will brutally redraw a 4,000-kilometre (2500-mile) stretch of west African coastline

____________________________________________________________ hey let them elect obamaboy, as their prez. Didn't he say once he was elected the seas would begin to recess or something along that line. Anyway let them have obama.

6 posted on 08/22/2008 2:23:45 PM PDT by onlylewis (libs want a two class system, one rich one poor)
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To: Abathar

Isn’t it enough that “deniers” are threatening mankind and all the furry animals with extinction and condemning the planet to hellfire? Do they have inflict their racism upon the world as well?


7 posted on 08/22/2008 2:24:06 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Abathar

Ive been to W.Africa....trust me this is a good thing. With any luck it will evaporate to E.Africa.


8 posted on 08/22/2008 2:25:57 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: Abathar
When I was a youngster in Iowa I remember that they had a joint agreement with Nebraska to set the state line in stone. You see, Iowa's eastern border is the Mississippi and Iowa's western boarder is the Missouri. The problem is that nature keeps moving these rivers a little, thus the necessity of setting hard unchanging borders.

Therefore, I have known since I was a child that borders built on water lines do change. I am just surprised that these esteemed scientist are not aware of that. Instead they are going to make this a global warming problem. I am so tired of this line of c--p.

9 posted on 08/22/2008 2:30:35 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

10 posted on 08/22/2008 2:35:19 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Abathar

Guess they are disappointed that the island nation of Vanuatu is still here a decade after it was supposedly swallowed by the sea http://www.vanuatutourism.com/


11 posted on 08/22/2008 2:42:41 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Abathar

Among the cities worst hit would be the Gambian capital Banjul and Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital and home to 15 million. Some parts of Lagos lie below sea-level today and it is already subject to frequent flooding.
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How can we be focusing on this crap when we don’t even know yet who Obama’s VP will be? Good Lord, let’s focus on what’s really important, folks.


12 posted on 08/22/2008 2:44:54 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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13 posted on 08/22/2008 2:45:07 PM PDT by traditional1 (New Tagline)
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To: BenLurkin

Duh, hello... Sea level is higher along the African coast than it is in the South Pacific. Jeesh.


14 posted on 08/22/2008 2:46:31 PM PDT by DryFly
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To: Abathar

I remember that when I was a kid the climate never changed. It was the same thing day after day after day — same temperature, same amounts of sunshine and precipitation, same amount of wind, daylight and night time were always exactly the same length. We didn’t have weathermen because they were not needed. Nowadays the climate is changing practically every day! What is this world coming to?


15 posted on 08/22/2008 2:46:43 PM PDT by Juan Medén
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To: BenLurkin; xcamel
Guess they are disappointed that the island nation of Vanuatu is still here a decade after it was supposedly swallowed by the sea http://www.vanuatutourism.com/

Well they are still got 2½ years of hoping that Tuvalu goes under

In ten years time, most of the low-lying atolls surrounding Tuvalu's nine islands in the South Pacific Ocean will be submerged under water as global warming rises sea levels, CNN Mar 29, 2001

And 3 years for Ocean City Maryland

A global warming trend could bring heat waves, dust-dry farmland and disease, the experts said... Under this scenario, the resort town of Ocean City, Md., will lose 39 feet of shoreline by 2000 and a total of 85 feet within the next 25 years - San Jose Mercury News - June 11, 1986

16 posted on 08/22/2008 3:06:24 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Abathar

Where’s the BARF Alert?


17 posted on 08/22/2008 3:25:02 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Abathar

The watermelon Left would have us shut down civilization to save a few mud huts and hovels. By the time the sea level rises enough to affect these structures (if it even does), they’ll long since have been rebuilt inland.


18 posted on 08/22/2008 3:28:41 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Abathar
The projected sea level change by the end of this century (we're already mostly through the first decade) will be about 6" which is about half to a quarter of the cyclical tidal changes.

This article is nothing but garbage scaremongering.

19 posted on 08/22/2008 4:11:40 PM PDT by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: Abathar

Uhmm, just a little math error in this report.

Sea levels are rising at 2-3 mm per year, not 2 cm per year. That is a factor of 10 off the actual numbers.

So, I’m assuming the coastlines will be fine since this marine scientist can make such a ridiculous error.


20 posted on 08/23/2008 8:28:29 AM PDT by JustDoItAlways
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21 posted on 08/23/2008 6:37:54 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drill Here! Drill Now! Pay Less! Sign the petition at http://www.americansolutions.com/)
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To: Joan Kerrey

Well, we know who his VP pick is now. Most-liberal-in-Senate/3rd-most-liberal-in Senate 2008! I won’t settle for a lesser evil any longer!


22 posted on 08/23/2008 6:41:55 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drill Here! Drill Now! Pay Less! Sign the petition at http://www.americansolutions.com/)
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To: Abathar; cogitator
Cramer said sea levels were set to rise up to two centimetres (0.8 inches) per year, enough to devastate large swathes of fragile coastline, especially in low-lying and densely populated deltas.

Interesting. About what time is this supposed to start?

23 posted on 08/23/2008 6:46:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drill Here! Drill Now! Pay Less! Sign the petition at http://www.americansolutions.com/)
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To: Abathar

And here I thought that a rise in sea level would be the same world wide. OBTW How much has sea level risen in the last 100 years?


24 posted on 08/23/2008 6:51:33 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama's Pay Grade: Chump Change - Under the Cone of Stupid)
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To: Abathar

“West Africa’s coastline redrawn by climate change”

Are they sure it isn’t plain old genocide that’s redrawing the coastlines? :(


25 posted on 08/23/2008 7:37:36 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Abathar

It’s not wise to build to close to any body of water. Rivers, lakes, the ocean, can all rise and flood you out.

Despite that fact, people flock to the water’s edge.


26 posted on 08/24/2008 11:22:52 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Abathar
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had not taken into account the potential impact of runoff from the 3,000-metre (1.9 mile) thick Greenland ice cap, which covers an areas three times the size of Nigeria.

Probably because that ice cap is getting thicker, not thinner.

I've often wondered what the African coastline looked like back when the Vikings settled Greenland, and there wasn't an icecap....

27 posted on 08/26/2008 3:16:56 AM PDT by dirtbiker (My Walmart still has 7 copies of "An Inconvenient Truth" for sale)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Interesting. About what time is this supposed to start?

Well, if you read the article, it basically says that it would start when/if the Greenland Ice Cap starts melting at an accelerated rate. Tbey don't specify a time for that other than it could potentially happen this century. Or next. Or not.

IN case you think I'm being glib:

Greenland glacier crack points to disintegration

From: PHOTOS: Huge Greenland Glacier Disintegrating

I recommend reading the text. The pictures were from July, as you can see, the first linked article from 4 days ago.

28 posted on 08/26/2008 9:56:40 AM PDT by cogitator
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