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06/22/2011 01:28 AM ID: 89830 Permalink   

Sea Levels Rising at Fastest Rate in Over Two Millennia


Using fossils to track sea levels over the past 2,100 years, scientists from Pennsylvania University say seas are rising faster than at any other point in that span. Comparing those results to changes in world surface temperature yielded the culprit.

"Sea-level rise is a potentially disastrous outcome of climate change, as rising temperatures melt land-based ice and warm ocean waters," said Professor Benjamin Horton, director of the university´s Sea Level Research Laboratory.

The study detected a 2 millimeter rise in sea levels each year, which backs up a 2009 estimate by the laboratory that sea levels will rise between 75 and 190 centimeters between 1990 and 2100.

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  Pokemon logic...  
dictates a nuclear winter is needed to remedy this.

*throws pokeball*

Yellowstone, I choose you!
  by: Garbasche   06/22/2011 01:48 AM     
Funny thing is that I actually understood that.
  by: VermiciousG     06/22/2011 03:30 PM     
  I´m constantly reminded  
of the slowly boiled frog scenario.

I´ve come to grips with the fact that I probably won´t bear witness to a zombie apocalypse, but a nice mass extinction event (that miraculously doesn´t kill me and my friends) would be much welcome! At least then my hand-riveted silver-plated anti-zombie/vampire chainmail and quarter-life crisis assault rifle will get some use.
  by: japh   06/22/2011 03:33 PM     
  I like George Carlin´s view on these events:  
I look at it this way... For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it´s natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse.
-George Carlin
  by: slavefortheman     06/22/2011 03:42 PM     
I would like to see that data and test it myself, 2mm each year for 89 years adds up to approximately 180mm by 2100 which i believe to equate to 18 centimeters and if you add another 21 years from 1990 till 2011 that equates to 42mm or 4.2cm and this has no mention of the dreaded (Ice Age)that NASA has predicted for the next decade, so if that was figured into it could we possibly see the water levels may rise or maybe lower by 2mm?
  by: rangi   06/23/2011 03:02 AM     
I can only assume, with few details about the 2009 estimate, that it was based on exponential rather than linear rising, as global warming theory predicts exponential rather than linear increases in temperature.
  by: Ben_Reilly     06/23/2011 10:05 PM     
  2,000 years?  
We haven´t even had an ice age in the last 2,000 years. How fast have sea levels risen in the last billion years?

One would think what we´re seeing could look normal or even slow in comparison.
  by: Questioning_Answers     06/24/2011 01:59 AM     
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