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September 25, 2006

Alarmism Should Be Saved For Posterity

Hysteria, Personalized For Your Amusement

In this gizmag piece, you can calculate how far below sea-level your home will be when all the ice melts and the seas rise and all that great old vinyl you've been saving in the basement for Ebay washes away and Oh My God, I Can't Swim NO NO NOOOOO!!!

...some people might think it’s a good thing to plan for rising sea levels given that people have long been predicting that global warming will result in thermal expansion of the ocean and melting glaciers and ice sheets.

And then they provide a link where you can zoom in on your current neighborhood and see what it will look like when the sea rises, one meter at a time.* I zoomed in on my street and checked it out: it took ten meters of rise before the nearest river started to encroach my backyard. I think I'll print this out and figure out a way to archive it. Just to give people a giggle centuries from now.

Since this is supposed to happen hundreds of years hence, we'll all be long dead, but according to the article, we should still 'plan for rising sea levels.' So, you know. Open another beer and think about getting one of them sump-pumps that come with a five-hundred year guarantee.

For a very fair and balanced article on global warming, click here. Its on the long side, so plan accordingly.

*if you feel like playing with this, here's a direct link. Click your continent on the upper right. I found it was easier to find my area when I hit the Flood Map button intead of the default. You can keep zooming in and get a good idea where your house is pretty exactly.

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posted by Laura. at 10:26 PM

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