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