Climate scientists: greenhouse emission curbs or Noah’s arks?

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March 13, 2009

Climate scientists: greenhouse emission curbs or Noah’s arks?

Sooner than we could imagine, it won’t be only mortgage owners who are ‘underwater.’ Top climate scientists meeting at University of Copenhagen this week brought forward new global warming data and warned the sea level rise by the end of this century will be more than twice what was predicted just two years ago. Instead of the 7-inch to 23-inch rise forecast in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, experts are warning the seas will be 20- to 39-inches higher or even more, according to a Newsday report citing Combined News Services. “Low-lying coastal areas housing one-tenth of humans on the planet” could be hit hard if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced quickly and substantially, experts cautioned. John Church of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research added: “Unless we undertake urgent and significant mitigation actions, the climate could cross a threshold during the 21st century committing the world to a sea level rise of meters.”

Sooner than we could imagine, it won’t be only mortgage owners who are ‘underwater.’

Top climate scientists meeting at University of Copenhagen this week brought forward new global warming data and warned the sea level rise by the end of this century will be more than twice what was predicted just two years ago.
   
Instead of the 7-inch to 23-inch rise forecast in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, experts are warning the seas will be 20- to 39-inches higher or even more, according to a Newsday report citing Combined News Services. 

“Low-lying coastal areas housing one-tenth of humans on the planet” could be hit hard if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced quickly and substantially, experts cautioned.

John Church of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research added:  “Unless we undertake urgent and significant mitigation actions, the climate could cross a threshold during the 21st century committing the world to a sea level rise of meters.”

With the Kyoto Protocol expiring in 2012, the 1,600 abstracts from nearly 80 nations presented here will be important in shaping discussion of a new global agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists are definitely trained on protecting the collective futures of our children, grandchildren and beyond. We at SupermarketGuru.com are impressed by the urgency with which they study and voice the nasty repercussions ahead of our industrial misbehaviors of the past and today. If the Obama presidency fails to heed this priority intelligence as a way out of our environmental mess, it would be a grievous error.  However, we’ve recently seen Washington move quickly into science’s corner with stem cell research, so we feel optimistic the United States will demonstrate leadership and play a timely, significant role in the international discourse on greenhouse gas emissions.

We’re afraid little else will do. Through the years, SupermarketGuru.com has seen the ravages of climate change on food production and the human suffering that resulted. What these scientists are cautioning about could well become hellish reality if our legislators fail to act today.