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MELTING ICE COULD LEAD TO MASSIVE WAVES OF CLIMATE REFUGEES

November 23, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Lester Brown for this article.
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Earth Policy Institute
Plan B 3.0 Book Byte
June 3, 2009

MELTING ICE COULD LEAD TO MASSIVE WAVES OF CLIMATE REFUGEES

Lester R. Brown

As the earth warms, the melting of the earth’s two massive ice sheets–Antarctica and Greenland–could raise sea level enormously. If the Greenland ice sheet were to melt, it would raise sea level 7 meters (23 feet). Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would raise sea level 5 meters (16 feet). But even just partial melting of these ice sheets will have a dramatic effect on sea level rise. Senior scientists are noting that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projections of sea level rise during this century of 18 to 59 centimeters are already obsolete and that a rise of 2 meters during this time is within range.

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http://www.earthpolicy.org/Books/Seg/PB3ch03_ss5.htm


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