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Even if humankind manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommends, future generations will have to deal with sea levels 12 to 22 meters (40 to 70 feet) higher than at present, according to research published in the journal Geology.
When researchers looked into the most significant threats to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the top threat was a slam dunk: rising seas. That’s because most of the islands of the northwestern end of the Hawaiian archipelago are low, sand and coral islands. A foot of sea level rise could erase entirely much of the dry land.
The entire coast of Florida is threatened by rising seas and stronger surges during storms, which is already having high economic costs. Looking ahead only 40 years, a study in 2007 by Tufts University and the Stockholm Environment Institute—US Center estimated that Florida’s average annual temperatures will be 5º F higher than today in 2050. Sea-level rise will reach 23 inches by 2050, and 45 inches by 2100. Maps in the report show an approximation of Florida’s coastline at 27 inches of sea-level rise, which is projected to be reached by around 2060 if little action is taken to control greenhouse gases.
Originally posted by Flavian
I have just been reading this on a different site. Certainly very interesting but i dispute the 70ft global sea level rise bit. All the latest research hints that it is local rather global sea levels that change significantly and that is actually more to do with glacial rebound than more water per say - that was actual the conclusion of a scientific report published last week.
The report also shows that temperatures have risen 0.75 degrees over the last 100 years. I am not really sure what to make of that - it has clearly risen but is that small amount natural variation or something more? I have to admit i was expecting a more pronounced rise so that figure has left me rather confused!
Originally posted by jazzguy
that picture of the liberty statue is a joke.
for that to happen we would need an area the size of a continent to suddenly emerge out of the ocean lol
Originally posted by Drunkenshrew
In the last 20.000 years since the last glacial maximum sea level has already risen about 120 meters (400 feet). During times, the sea level rise was much faster, than the one we observe today (currently the sea level rise is about 3-4mm per year).