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  • Oceans to Rise One Meter by 2100 says scientists

    Global warming is melting the Arctic ice faster than expected, and the world's oceans could rise by about a meter (3 feet) by 2100, swamping homes from Bangladesh to Florida, the head of a study said on Tuesday.

    Robert Corell, chairman of the eight-nation Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), also told a news conference there were some hints of greater willingness by the United States, the world's top polluter, to take firmer action to slow climate change.

    Speaking at the start of a four-day scientific conference in Reykjavik, Corell said global warming was melting the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic glaciers from Alaska to Norway quicker than previously thought.

    "Greenland will play a much bigger role in sea level rise than anticipated," said Corell, a scientist at the American Meteorological Society.

    He said a 2001 U.N. report forecast world ocean levels would rise by 20-90 cms by 2100. He said some U.N. forecasts assumed melting Greenland ice would cause just 4 mm of the rise.

    "We'll be at the top of the range, about a meter," he said. The ACIA report says that Greenland's melt alone could add 10 cms to global sea levels by 2100. Melting of other Arctic glaciers would also contribute.

    About 17 million people in Bangladesh live less than one meter above sea level. Pacific islands like Tuvalu could be swamped and much of Florida south of Miami would be inundated by a one meter rise.

    TWICE GLOBAL AVERAGE

    Much of the rise projected by U.N. surveys in the years to 2100 is because water in the oceans expands as it warms, and so is not directly connected to melting ice.

    At the other end of the globe from the Arctic, the thicker Antarctic ice is expected to stay more stable, like a deep freeze

    The ACIA report was funded by Arctic nations the United States, Canada, Russia, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland and is the biggest survey to date of the Arctic climate, by 250 scientists.

    It says Arctic temperatures are rising by twice the global average and are set to rise by a further 4-7 Celsius (7-13 Fahrenheit) by 2100.

    The report says the melt will threaten the cultures of indigenous peoples and could drive species like polar bears toward extinction as sea ice recedes.

    The Arctic heats more rapidly than the global average because dark water, earth and rock, once exposed, soak up more heat than reflective snow and ice.

    The eight Arctic governments are due to meet in Iceland on Nov. 24 to decide what to do. Diplomats say they are deadlocked, with Washington the most strongly opposed to radical action.

    "There are mixed signals in the United States," Corell said of Washington's attitude toward tackling global warming. But "I think that there is a shift going on."
    - The baby will be back -

  • #2
    That is a LOT of water.
    Click below.

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    • #3
      Hey, I might soon be canoeing to school
      You've got to try to find what's right before your eyes-Finger Eleven


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      • #4
        Well most if not all of us will be dead by then, oh well who cares.

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        • #5
          I'm sure glad bush got re-elected. I'm sure he'll do everything he can to help limit this.

          -Adam

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DeltaASA16
            I'm sure glad bush got re-elected. I'm sure he'll do everything he can to help limit this.

            -Adam
            You'll be roughly 117 then Adam, you'll be dead, Bush will be dead, and hell with future generations.

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            • #7
              its global warmong...and yet siberia is getting colder and it snowed in daytona last year.....yup the earth is getting hotter run for your lives

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              • #8
                BLAME THE ICE-AGE ON CAVEMEN

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Alaska Air Rules
                  Hey, I might soon be canoeing to school
                  That would be fun--I actually could canoe from my house to my school.

                  sad...huh?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by N776AU
                    its global warmong...and yet siberia is getting colder and it snowed in daytona last year.....yup the earth is getting hotter run for your lives
                    Are those weather patterns normal? No! No one said everywhere had to be getting warmer dipshitte... we are throwing the earth's atmosphere out of it's natural equilibrium.. making weird shit happen.. like, those 4 huricanes headed for FL.. that wasnt some coincidence.

                    You can't deny the fact that icecapes are melting a lot faster than normal... And even if that doesnt get us.. the ozone layer will. When that hole opens up enough over populated area.. its going to be a severe disaster.

                    -Adam

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                    • #11
                      I studied this mess in college. The earth goes through these cycles. It's just part of the natural process.

                      Iceage
                      Glaciers grow
                      Glaciers retreat
                      Global Warming
                      Icecap melts
                      Coast disappears
                      Expensive homes flood
                      People drown or move inland
                      Then it starts all over again.
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                      • #12
                        [conspiracy theorist mode]

                        Conspiracy Theory #527

                        Atlantis was a result of one of the cycles of warming and cooling as Paul described above. They had far better technology than we have today, and when the flooding started, they built a great big shield around their city. Then Poseidon went mad and killed everybody bwahahaha.

                        Sub Parts to #527: Porn should be outlawed because it is a secret weapon of the terrorist [email protected] to distract us from kicking their butts. 9/11 never occured. the 767 is actually a giant nuclear missile being hidden by the US Government.

                        [/conspiracy theorist mode]

                        "The Director also sets the record straight on what would happen if oxygen masks were to drop from the ceiling: The passengers freak out with abandon, instead of continuing to chat amiably, as though lunch were being served, like they do on those in-flight safety videos."

                        -- The LA Times, in a review of 'Flightplan'

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by indian airlines
                          [conspiracy theorist mode]

                          Conspiracy Theory #527

                          Atlantis was a result of one of the cycles of warming and cooling as Paul described above. They had far better technology than we have today, and when the flooding started, they built a great big shield around their city. Then Poseidon went mad and killed everybody bwahahaha.

                          Sub Parts to #527: Porn should be outlawed because it is a secret weapon of the terrorist [email protected] to distract us from kicking their butts. 9/11 never occured. the 767 is actually a giant nuclear missile being hidden by the US Government.

                          [/conspiracy theorist mode]



                          Tanuj, pass some of that over here, will ya?
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                          Oshkosh, WI USA
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                          • #14
                            How about the glacier near me that is receding about 60 feet per day
                            You've got to try to find what's right before your eyes-Finger Eleven


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DeltaASA16
                              No one said everywhere had to be getting warmer dipshitte...
                              then why isn't it called "mostoftheearth warming"? I would also like to point out that we broke the record for coldest temperature ever recorded in GFK last year at -43.6F not counting wind chill

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