Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Water Rising, Coastlines Threatened

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Are we entering the "Waterworld" part of the future? A day when the land mass disappears? Maybe sooner than we thought.

The problem of rising waters is a different version of the example of a frog that is put into a boiling pot of water, the frog jumps right out. A frog then is put into a cold pot of water and the heat is turned up. The frog doesn't realize what's happening and is slowly cooked to death. We are the frog. And the heat is on.

An excerpt follows from the U.N. report.

"In March 2007, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that global warming, if unchecked, would lead to a devastating amalgam of floods, drought, disease and extreme weather by the century end.
The world's oceans would creep up 18 to 59 centimetres (7 to 23 inches), enough to wipe out several small island nations, and wreak havoc for tens of millions living in low-lying deltas in east Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Africa."

It further states that current reports figure the water rise to effect over 600 million people. Glaciers melting, permafrost thawing are two major cause and effects that will affect many in their lifetime.
Oh Oh.

This is serious stuff. We must do more than just rearrange the furniture on the deck of the Titanic. It all counts and it counts now.

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