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Ok perhaps the creation of small seas was a bit unrealistic. Sure I guess mosquitos can be a problem if a swamp were created, but I think we can ALL agree that deserts serve little to no purpose except as bombing ranges and natural borders.
I see it more like this, we built the panama canal. We built the Suez Canal. We built the Panama canal. I do not see why due to climatic threats to the human race, the human race cannot now, with its current technology and resources, build a series of super channels through some of the most inhospitable land on Earth (eg. Sahara, Australia, Southwest US) in the effort to redirect some of the rising sea levels as a result of the melting Ice Caps. By doing so, we may possibly also be creating new environments for which futue populations of humans can relocate to in the event that the rise in sea level becomes so dramatic it would force civilizations to abandon their present coastal cities.
For example, a canal could be dug through the South West US and Sahara. Lets say New Orleans and Venice, Italy finally lose the battle against nature, and the majority of their cities can no longer be kept above water. Well as a result of the rising seas, the small canals we dug have now grown slightly and through the proper environmental management, will house a producive environment enough for a small city to begin developmet along it, or at least a safe distance.
We would not actually have to move any of the water at all. We just start digging from the interior, towards to the sea, whereupon reached the canal will fill itself.
Originally posted by thematrix
Imho the problem isn't that bad that we can't survive it, it doesn't even need to have much of an impact on us, even with sealevel raised a 100 feet most landmass on earth will still be land.
However, it would be handy if coastal cities and towns set up desalination plants, and used those as sources for drinking water and grey water, rather than rely on already strained inland water sources.