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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 11:58 AM
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Oceans To Rise One Meter By 2100 - Arctic Expert
"Speaking at the start of a four-day scientific conference in Reykjavik, Corell said global warming was melting the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic glaciers from Alaska to Norway quicker than previously thought. "Greenland will play a much bigger role in sea level rise than anticipated," said Corell, a scientist at the American Meteorological Society.

He said a 2001 U.N. report forecast world ocean levels would rise by 20-90 cms by 2100. He said some U.N. forecasts assumed melting Greenland ice would cause just 4 mm of the rise. "We'll be at the top of the range, about a meter," he said. The ACIA report says that Greenland's melt alone could add 10 cms to global sea levels by 2100. Melting of other Arctic glaciers would also contribute.

About 17 million people in Bangladesh live less than one meter above sea level. Pacific islands like Tuvalu could be swamped and much of Florida south of Miami would be inundated by a one meter rise. Much of the rise projected by U.N. surveys in the years to 2100 is because water in the oceans expands as it warms, and so is not directly connected to melting ice. At the other end of the globe from the Arctic, the thicker Antarctic ice is expected to stay more stable, like a deep freeze.

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The eight Arctic governments are due to meet in Iceland on Nov. 24 to decide what to do. Diplomats say they are deadlocked, with Washington the most strongly opposed to radical action. "There are mixed signals in the United States," Corell said of Washington's attitude toward tackling global warming. But "I think that there is a shift going on." He said that some Republican senators, for instance, had asked him for personal briefings about the climate report."

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http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=570&nci ...
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Daisey Mae Donating Member (654 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 12:10 PM
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1. What can we do?
Oh that is right .....Kennybunkport Kowboy doesn't believe in global warming because the earth is flat.....(Jesus told him so)
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obreaslan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 03:23 PM
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5. Actually...
I'd be willing to be that Kenebunkport won't be anything more than a sandbar if the oceans rise 1 meter. Maybe that will wake them up.

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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 01:37 PM
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2. Who cares???
At least Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter can't marry Newt Gingrich's lesbian daughter...

Praise the Lord!!!!
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Zero Gravitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 01:38 PM
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3. But homos still won't be getting married, right?
Because I don't want to hear about no homos marrying each other.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 02:35 PM
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4. Hello? Blub-blub-blub goes Florida and three responses?
Shameless self-kick.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 03:39 PM
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6. Hey Wait - It Just Dawned on Me (Fundie Denial)
Is it possible the fundies are in denial over this because, according to their religion, God said he wouldn't send another flood?
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Julien Sorel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 03:42 PM
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7. Once George Bush has made America safe from the gays,
God will stop this flooding and all will be well.
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LeftyChristian Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 04:06 PM
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8. A little skeptical about the Yahoo report based on this article
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Martin Agerup, president of the Danish Academy for Future Studies and colleagues from Stockholm, Canada, Iceland and Britain say in their report that predictions of "extreme impacts" based on greenhouse emissions employed "faulty science, faulty logic and faulty economics".

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1346489,...
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