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PostClimate Change: Greenland, Indonesia, Florida (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 07/17/19 12:14 pm)
Doom-saying is indeed a difficult business, so I always look for reasons to discount he bad news. Regarding Antarctica and Greenland, the two primary sources for future sea rising another 80+ centimeters by 2050, the kids love global warming in Greenland. The farmers get another three weeks of potential productivity (except for some apparently associated drought). The fishing industry is also super happy in Greenland. Some species have now moved North to fishing areas too cold before, and even tuna followed behind. Great silver lining to global warming.
Another silver lining from global warming is that some counties in Florida are working together to redesign their sewer systems higher off the ground, as well as other defenses. The cooperation is great even though the cost for temporary relief is quite high.
The Pacific islands are already in serious trouble with seas rising. Indonesia's capital is in big trouble. The wealthy people have raised their area to avoid the floods but now when it rains the rest of the residents can see the water draining to their own residential areas, creating a PR problem for class differences and the government. On the US coasts, some media outlets may be scaremongering as Gary Moore suggested (July 16), but most are under pressure to avoid the topic. Smart seashore home owners are slowly selling but someone seems to be buying. Let's see how many disasters and how long it will take for the buyers to disappear completely.
JE comments: On the downside in Greenland, ice melt has made some hunting areas impassible for dogsleds. WAISer Cameron Sawyer recently sailed to Greenland. Has anyone else in WAISworld visited? It's always been on my bucket list. Today's high temperature in Nuuk is a balmy 52 F.