Sigh. Maybe They Wanted to Save the Good News Till the End?

Another tidbit from Google’s Science! news feed. We start with the fear-mongering headline:

Sea Level Rise Threaten Cultural Landmarks

And, indeed, the article starts out by telling us that cultural landmarks around the world, such as the Statue of Liberty (prominently pictured) are threatened by rising sea levels. Sounds serious – until the last phrase of paragraph 2: “…could be lost to rising sea-levels if current global warming trends are maintained over the next two millennia.”

As Billy says in the Fifth Element: So – we’ve got time?

Planet of the Apes (1968)
A lot can happen in 2,000 years.

“After 2000 years, the oceans would have reached a new equilibrium state and we can compute the ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica from physical models,” co-author Anders Levermann, professor at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said in a statement.

So, doc, how have those model predictions been working out for you lately? The predicted rise is 3 C – Greenland’s icecap has been as much as 6 C warmer for thousands of years at a stretch without significant melting, according to ice cores.  But it does melt every once and a while, so it might – but it’s been doing so since way, way before there were people outputting much carbon dioxide – in fact since before there were any people at all.

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Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

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