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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:04 AM

 

Ocean levels rising is not a worry

Why? Because the other effects of Global Climate Change are far worse. Increased temperatures will disrupt animal life cycles, be a incubator for diseases, cause energetic storms, raise temperatures to deadly levels, and a host of other horrible effects. I actually think that the promotion of rising sea levels as a guise for the more horrendous outcomes. After all, if we'd actually survive that long, we could always move inland.

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Response to salinen (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:39 AM

1. I think it's picked because it has highly visible effects that can be easily photoshopped

And, since I'll be doing some work in the Maldives in the next few years (assuming they still exist), it's terrifically important to me, at least.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:54 AM

2. While ocean level rise

 

is a terrible reality, it isn't exactly life threatening, and that's why I think it's hyped. Those poor folks in the Maldives. I have a thought that if we survive to great ocean level rise, that the forced migration away from coastal to inland will cause wars. No countries want other people moving in.

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Response to salinen (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:52 AM

6. So tsunamis don't kill people?

Rising sea levels make previously safe residential areas vulnerable to tsunamis and storm surges. Duh.

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Response to salinen (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:22 PM

10. Have you heard of Sandy? Increased storm intensity means increased surge.

Many people can't afford to move away from the coast. Besides their homes, their jobs are there also.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:00 AM

3. Not to mention the fact that most of the planet's population lives near the coastline. nt

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:06 AM

4. It was in Lagos that it struck me...

... that we in the US have the luxury of treating climate change as a theoretical, or even hypothetical thing. For the great subtropical developing world urban centers (Lagos has more people than New York City, remember), it is real and it is happening now.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:01 PM

8. Upthread I mentioned

 

that a possible outcome of mass migration away from the coast will be war. Millions of starving, homeless people will not be welcome in neighboring countries.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:58 AM

7. you'll be forced to

 

move to Rochester. Sorry.

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Response to salinen (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:52 PM

13. I live below sea level now. nt

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Response to salinen (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:48 AM

5. Hey we have to keep things in proper order....

destroy our economy first, then our environment.

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Response to salinen (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:07 PM

9. Yes, it is the microbes that will get us

They are everywhere.

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Response to salinen (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:28 PM

11. With the rising oceans comes thawing methane and less light reflecting ice.

The focus on sea levels is probably just as much an anchor point for folks to relate to as a distraction from more troubling problems.

It doesn't take a lot of imagination or even a very basic background in hard science to understand the problem with New York, Boston, DC, and other metropolis under water.

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Response to salinen (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:05 PM

12. That which is now dismissed as "Fly-over" land...

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