My objective is to build a long-term collection of detailed links that I can refer to in other arguments elsewhere, rather than make sweeping arguments about the big picture here. The thread linked above covers that.
Today's Boston Globe report about rising sea levels finally motivated me to start this thread after kicking around the idea for months.
This story goes on to discuss the practicality and cost of defending the Northeast coastline against rising seas, with specific data on the condition of seawalls in MA and the cost to repair them.Several lines of research now indicate that a 3-foot global rise by 2100 is a plausible scenario, though some scientists forecast a smaller rise. In other words, what was once a problem for our great great-grandchildren is one our children could confront.
And it is possible the news could be even worse in the Northeast. Studies show that changes in ocean circulation driven by warming waters could raise sea levels an additional foot or more along New England shores by the end of the century.
Four years ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body that advises the United Nations, estimated the world’s seas could rise almost 2 feet by 2100. But now, many scientists say 3 feet is plausible, especially as evidence builds that ice sheets are melting faster. Earlier this month, a research team led by University of California, Irvine scientists, using two independent techniques, showed that to be the case in Greenland and Antarctica.
Please chime in when you encounter a news item that documents rising temperatures and their effects. This thread will only work as intended if the rest of you are interested enough to participate, too.