Great Flood in The Offing: Rising Sea Level Threatens New York, Norfolk, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore
Another Great Deluge coming? “Rising sea level puts US Atlantic coast at risk: report,” AFP informs June 24, 2012 evening (Bahrain time) in Yahoo News.
AFP cites studies made by the US Geological Survey (USGS), as well as by European scientists, published both in Nature Climate Change, that point to rising sea levels and the danger these pose to coastal cities.
USGS observes that flooding threatens the “stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston,” among others, due to sea level “rising up to four times faster than the global average.”
USGS further states that if “global temperatures continue to rise, the sea level on this portion of the US coast by 2100 could rise up to 30 centimetres over and above the one-metre global surge projected by scientists.”
A corollary cause identified by USGS is the “disruption of Atlantic current circulation” by “fresh water from the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet” that “enters the ocean,” “causing the currents to slow down.”
The weakening of the current causes “the sea levels” to “rise,” explains oceanographer Kara Doran, USGS report co-author.
AFP notes that while global warming was identified in a 2007 UN report to “cause the sea level to rise by up to 59 centimeters by century’s end”—and “would render several island nations unlivable,” aside from “wreak[ing] havoc in low-lying deltas home to hundreds of millions”—the “melting Arctic ice” is now seen as playing “a greater role in sea level rise than previously suspected.”
Most scientists “now project the ocean will rise roughly a metre by century’s end.”
And that’s not the end… What about emissions?
A warning on the danger of uncontrolled emissions inheres in a statement by Michiel Schaffer of The Netherlands’ Wageningen University: as the “world’s ice and water masses” take a long time “to react to global warming, “our emissions today determine sea levels for centuries to come.”
Some readers may recall that the late archaeologist Zechariah Sitchin—whose ideas until now do not still seem to find their deserved place in informed discussions in respectable institutions—wrote that the melting of ice in circa 11,000 BC (a date for the Great Deluge that Sitchin was the first to put forward in his The Twelfth Planet (New York: Avon Books, 1976 ) was responsible for the Great Flood that ended Earth’s last Ice Age thirteen (13) thousand years ago.
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