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2015-09-13 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Burning remaining fossil fuels could raise sea level to 58 meters
[Iran Press TV] What if the sea level rises to 50 or 60 meters from its current level? It sure envelopes most of the major cities, resting at or near the current sea level, where hundreds of millions of people reside. This tragic future may sound pretty far-fetched, but the way we humans are accelerating the global warming, by burning fossil fuels among other things, would melt the world glaciers, which could make this future not too distant in environmental terms.

A recent study conducted by an international team suggests that if humans burn the currently attainable fossil fuel resources of the Earth, it would be enough to thaw out almost all assemblages of ice of Antarctica, leading to a 58-meter (190-foot) rise in sea level.

The findings of the study published in the latest issue of Science Advances journal on Friday say that combustion of the remaining fossil fuels would emit some 10,000 gigatones of carbon into the atmosphere. The resultant global warming, then, makes the Antarctic almost ice-free with an average contribution to sea-level rise exceeding 3 meters per century during the first millennium.

"Our findings show that if we do not want to melt Antarctica, we can't keep taking fossil fuel carbon out of the ground and just dumping it into the atmosphere as CO2 like we've been doing," said Ken Caldeira, a renowned professor of marine biogeochemistry and chemical oceanography and one of the three authors of the study.

"Most previous studies of Antarctic have focused on loss of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Our study demonstrates that burning coal, oil, and gas also risks loss of the much larger East Antarctic Ice Sheet," he added.
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Posted by Dale 2015-09-13 09:58||   2015-09-13 09:58|| Front Page Top

#2 Remember when we were going to run out of oil in the 1980s, then the 2000s, now ??? And why is the international tram not taking into account natural CO2 absorbing mechanisms, like plant growth and ocean absorption? Draw a straight line at a large angle from a point will make any prediction look terrifying without being in the slightest bit realistic.

Even the NPR story that reported this the other day included other scientists pooh-poohing the claim.
Posted by trailing wife 2015-09-13 10:14||   2015-09-13 10:14|| Front Page Top

#3 Acid Rain Caused by Alar will kill us first.
Posted by Shipman 2015-09-13 20:01||   2015-09-13 20:01|| Front Page Top

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