Ice Sheets In Antarctica & Greenland Are Melting Faster Than Expected
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In a recent study featured in the journal Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Science, Professor Jonathan Bamber, an expert in physical geography from the University of Bristol and his colleagues, examined the effects of climate change on global sea levels over the next few decades. If nothing is done about the current carbon emission levels, the world temperatures would rise by 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit), and global warming would cause ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland to melt at such a fast rate that sea level on planet earth are expected to rise by more than 2 meters (6.6 feet) by the end of the century.
Larry Goldzband (Bay Area Conservation), Jim White (INSTAAR), Tiffany Troxler (Florida International University), and citizen scientists discuss sea level rise today and for the future. We’re planning for 4-7 feet (+2 meters) of sea level rise by the end of the century, which is about twice as much as was projected just some years ago, in the video “Sea Level Rise is a Hockey Stick“, below:
While researching climate change, we heard something confusing: the sea level in New York City is rising about one and a half times faster than the global average. We couldn’t figure out what that meant. Isn’t the sea level…flat? So we called up an expert and went down the rabbit hole. And, we did our best to visualize her truly bizarre answers with animations, dioramas, and a lot of melting ice, in the video “Sea level rise is so much more than melting ice“, below:
Anatomy of a slow motion catastrophe. Video of 2014 focuses on mounting challenges facing residents and property owners in south Florida as saltwater intrusion and rising sea level become increasingly problematic, in the video “South Florida and Sea Level Rise“, below:
The Union of Concerned Scientists is warning climate change is raising sea levels and the panel predicts Miami faces being swamped, in the video “Is Miami Beach drowning?“, below:
While New York City is taking aggressive action to prevent future catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy, other vulnerable cities, such as Charleston, South Carolina, are not tackling the threat of rising sea level and climate change with the same urgency. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports, in the video “Two cities, two very different responses to rising sea levels“, below:
Since Windermere Sun is an online publication emphasizing solutions, please be sure to check out the video, “3 strategies to beat climate change”, below:
So, let’s try to eat less meat, drive electrical vehicles, install and use solar (away from fossil fuels), fly less, waste less and recycle more. Furthermore, as the 3 strategies suggested in the video above:
- Targets need to be set for renewables use beyond electricity generation, but also for heating/cooling and for transport: Currently 146 out of the 197 countries have targets for renewable technology use in electricity generation. Only 48 out of 197 countries have target for renewables for heating and cooling. Only 42 out of 197 countries have target for renewables for transport. Ask your local representatives about this and vote for the political parties that pledge to implement these targets.
- Governments must rapidly phase out fossil fuel subsidies: All renewables cost less than fossil fuel and renewables are continue to get cheaper. Fossil fuels are subsidized significantly more than renewables. Write to local representatives about this and vote for political parties that pledge to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.
- More money needs to be invested in renewable energy: It is estimated by international agencies that in order to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, $12 trillion must be invested in renewable power supply (especially in developing nations) between now and 2040, translating to $500 billion per year (roughly twice what the world currently is investing in.) .
So, please be sure to vote for political parties that would be implementing policies for renewable energy over fossil fuels, prioritize charities or investments toward renewable energy, and look into biofuels, carbon tax, etc.
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Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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