Friday, December 15, 2006

Sea Level Rises

So we have another researcher who tells us that we're all going to drown imminently.

The world's oceans may rise up to 140 cms (4 ft 7 in) by 2100 due to global warming, a faster than expected increase that could threaten low-lying coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, a researcher said on Thursday.

"The possibility of a faster sea level rise needs to be considered when planning adaptation measures such as coastal defenses," Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research wrote in the journal Science.

His study, based on air temperatures and past sea level changes rather than computer models, suggested seas could rise by 50-140 cms by 2100, well above the 9-88 cms projected by the scientific panel that advises the United Nations.

Isn't that interesting? Most especially as the IPCC (which is that UN scientific panel) is about to announce in a month or so that the predicted sea level rises will be more like 30 cm than the 88 mentioned there.


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