Friday, January 27, 2006

good new for fishes, bad news for coastlines?

breaking newsflash: (yeah really)
Global warming will cause sea levels to rise up to 34 centimeters (11 inches) by the end of the century, causing increased flooding and coastal erosion...The study — published in this month's issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters — said global warming was expected to further heat up the world's oceans and cause glaciers in the Himalayas and ice sheets in Greenland to melt.

no kidding?

as i sit here in January with the windows open, it being 50 degrees outside...& our government says global warming may not be a problem.

i've been ranting & raving about this for awhile now, more so since i learned of a Princeton study (i.e. local) which found that "rising sea levels caused by global warming could shrink New Jersey by up to 3 percent in the next 100 years." ooh goody. bye bye Jersey Shore. of course, the people in charge of building there respond to the study with brilliant analyses such as "it almost sounds like science fiction."

not very comforting, considering:
Currently, a 100-year flood - about a 9.5-foot rise in the water level - would cover 6.5 percent of the state's land area. If the sea were to rise an extra 2 feet, storm-fueled floodwaters would cover more than 9 percent of the state.
Another way to look at it is that what is currently considered a 100-year flood would occur from three to 20 times more frequently. It would have to be relabeled a 30-year flood or even - in the worst case - a five-year flood

sigh. my beaches!

6 little fish:

Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

more on global warming--but hey, Exxon's doing fucking great.

12:06 PM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

you noticed the bush article was five years old right?

12:36 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

yep, but couldn't find a more recent one that stated his position so succinctly.
i think he's been skirting the issue.

you find s/t, you let me know.

12:59 PM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

Well, considering my country is primarily made up of small islands, I think we'd be first to go if ever the Great Deluge comes. *gulp*

1:31 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i think i'm going to boycott exxon-mobil, because they really don't need any more money.

7:23 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

heh heh, speaking of exxon, this is pretty silly.

1:20 PM  

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