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  • levycarni levycarni Aug 7, 2013 8:20 AM Flag

    Climate Crisis Threaten to Flood Hundreds of Coastal Cities

    "Hundreds of American cities are already locked into watery futures and we are growing that group very rapidly."

    That's the message from Dr. Ben Strauss, the lead author of a new analysis of climate change data that shows the amount of carbon pollution already in the atmosphere could lead to "more than 4 feet of sea level rise past today’s levels" which would be enough, at high tide, to "submerge more than half of today’s population in 316 coastal cities and towns (home to 3.6 million) in the lower 48 states."

    According to the study the US cities most under threat from future coastal flooding are Miami, Virginia Beach, Va., Sacramento, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla.

    Those at a lessened but substantial risk include much larger cities like Boston, Long Beach, Calif., and New York City.

    The analysis specifically looks at the level of "locked in" sea level rise. Writing at Climate Central, where he heads of the Program on Sea Level Rise, Strauss explains, "We have two sea levels: the sea level of today, and the far higher sea level that is already being locked in for some distant tomorrow."

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    • levycarni quoted: "According to the study the US cities most under threat from future coastal flooding are Miami, Virginia Beach, Va., Sacramento, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla."

      Have you ever look at the current rate of sea level rise? Or tide gauge records? Only a total fool would worry about sea level rise that's not happening. And if it happened, you'll have plenty of warning. Ice can only melt so fast. People who worry about this are people who have no grasp of physics.

    • As long as Jacksonville Fl us underwater I'm good. Everything else is just gravy.

    • In 1996 CO2 was measured at 360ppm, recently it reached 400ppm. That’s an increase of 11%.
      The lack of warming seen in the satellite data over the last decade or so might show a disconnect between CO2 and warming. It appears that the Climate defies straight line extrapolation into the future.

      From 1950 to 2009, measurements show an average annual rise in sea level of 1.7 ± 0.3 mm per year
      That's 0.067" per year +/-17%. At that rate, 4 feet is over 700 years. Alarm much?

      ~300 years ago the Earth was in a Climate Minimum (Maunder). People starved because of crop failure.
      Should we prepare for that too?

      PK

 
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