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A critical meltdown of ice sheets and severe sea level rise could be inevitable because of global warming, the world's scientists are preparing to warn their governments. New studies of Greenland and Antarctica have forced a UN expert panel to conclude there is a 50% chance that widespread ice sheet loss "may no longer be avoided" because of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The melting process could take centuries, but increased warming caused by a failure to cut emissions would accelerate the ice sheets' demise, and give nations less time to adapt to the consequences.
Areas such as the Maldives would be swamped and low-lying countries such as the Netherlands and Bangladesh, as well as coastal cities including London, New York and Tokyo, would face critical flooding.
Originally posted by funny_pom
though there is the strange thing, why try to preserve an already fragile economy by not investing in clean energy, vehicle fuel and so forth when not doing so can and most likely will, in the not to distant future, not only destroy it but make its existence pointless and we will be thrown back into the stone age.
Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.
The real motivation behind efforts to block utilization of standard public health measures to control further spread of the HIV epidemic was "population control." That was not an easy concept for me to acknowledge, despite the fact that I had long recognized that the twentieth century has been the bloodiest hundred-year period in all recorded human history.
Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
Uhh . . . does anyone actually expect any half-decent action to be taken before this happens? Because I suuuure don't. It's like the global warming thing (which caused this). The only preventative measures that were taken was the instigation of a bit of faulty legislation that limited the amount of toxins cars and some factories could spew out. And I recently read an article in a 1972 Nat Geo that said if action was not be taken in the next 5 or so years, there would be dire consequences, which just shows that people were aware of this over 35 years ago.
I believe there will be no action taken by the governments responsible that will properly reduce the consequences of what is to come. It just isn't in their interests, and will cost too much money.
Originally posted by funny_pom
i see this like "Oh well we're all gonna die any way but i might as well get rich in the process"
Originally posted by cpdaman
is a report has been produced which people see as being true because of the source when in fact there are many dissenting scientists and meteorologists yet they do not have an agenda so they do not gather and try to make money off the good intentions of people ( like enviormentalists) off bolognia
[edit on 19-2-2007 by cpdaman]
This month the IPCC published a separate study on the science of climate change, which concluded that humans are "very likely" to be responsible for most of the recent warming, and that average temperatures would probably increase by 4C this century if emissions continue to rise. Even under its most optimistic scenario, based on a declining world population and a rapid switch to clean technology, temperatures are still likely to rise by 1.8C.