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It's no longer a question of if sea levels will rise or when, but how to protect coastal cities and towns before they do, the Ecologist reported.
Based on a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the damages caused by storms and flooding will reach $100 trillion per year this century if current measures don't change. The current figures are between $10 and $40 billion per year.
"If we ignore this problem, the consequences will be dramatic," said lead author Jochen Hinkel of the Berlin-based think-tank, Global Climate Forum (GCF).
According to his co-author, professor Robert Nicholls form the University of Southampton, focusing governments (and people in general) on long-term protective measure is a challenge because " coastal development tends to be dominated by short-term interests of, for example, real-estate and tourism companies, which prefer to build directly at the waterfront with little thought about the future.
With proper investment -- about $10 - $70 billion per year worldwide -- the global economy would be able to contain damages to a significantly more manageable $80 billion annually by 2100, according to the report.
Not only must countries invest for themselves, but they must help other countries in need - and not just after a major storm has struck. By aiding the defenses of economically developing countries, richer countries may actually be saving money down the line they won't have to send as storm relief.
"Poor countries and heavily impacted small-island states are not able to make the necessary investments alone, they need international support," said Hinkel
the2ofusr1 ...As humans we have ways of adapting or just plain getting out of the kitchen when it gets too hot .
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I really like how you're thinking but wouldn't that take a massive coordinated effort by many Nations all pulling together for the common good or should it simply be left to the private sector in search of new profit and market demands or both?
[T]he entire North Polarized cap will disappear in 5 years