Sea Level Rise
Floods could 'overwhelm Thames Barrier by end of century'Guardian Unlimited | 14 May 2013
Sea-level rises could send floods driven by storm surges over London's Thames Barrier regularly by the end of the century, if nothing is done to bolster the UK's flood defences, scientists warned on Tuesday.
Sea levels rise could mean floods in LondonTelegraph | 14 May 2013
Sea levels around Britain could rise by more than one metre (3ft) due to climate change, according to a new assessment of melting ice sheets and glaciers, causing floods in London and other coastal towns.
Encroaching sea already a threat in CaribbeanNew Zealand Herald | 08 May 2013
For Desmond Augustin and other fishermen living along the shorelines of the southern Caribbean island, there's nothing theoretical about the threat of rising sea levels.
Denying sea-level rise: How 100 centimeters divided the state of North Carolinaearthmagazine.org | 24 Apr 2013
Last year, in North Carolina, the legislature introduced a bill that would have required state agencies to estimate future sea-level rise based only on linear projections of historic sea-level rise, rather than on models and field observations that show the rate can change over time. The legislative response to sea-level rise projections in North Carolina became a highly visible example of the shopping-at-the-supermarket view of science.
Cutting specific pollutants would slow sea level riseEurekAlert | 15 Apr 2013
With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow down sea level rise. Reductions in the four pollutants that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere could forestall the rate of sea level rise by roughly 25 to 50 percent.
Sea level rise: Jeopardy for terrestrial biodiversity on islandsEurekAlert | 10 Apr 2013
Model calculations predict a sea level rise of one meter by the end of this century and of up to 5.5 meters by 2500. Until now there are few studies on the potential impacts of a rising sea level on biodiversity. Florian Wetzel and colleagues of the Vetmeduni Vienna and Walter Jetz of Yale University now show that many terrestrial vertebrates will likely suffer. Their findings are published online in the journal "Global Change Biology".
Antarctic team digs deep to predict climate futureNew Zealand Herald | 06 Apr 2013
Nancy Bertler and her team took a freezer to the coldest place on Earth, endured weeks of primitive living and risked spending the winter in Antarctic darkness, to obtain ice that records our climate's past and could point to its future.
New culprit in sea-level rise: Pretty Arctic cloudsgrist.org | 05 Apr 2013
Newly published research suggests that Greenlands ice melted super fast last summer, and the worlds ice could soon melt faster than anybody had anticipated — all because of pretty white clouds hanging low above frigid seas.
SPREP Analyzes Ecosystem-based Adaptation Options in FijiInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 15 Mar 2013
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a report titled "An economic analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for climate change adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji." Building on a vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Lami Town, the report presents a cost-benefit analysis of four adaptation scenarios.
Canadian glaciers face 'big losses'BBC | 07 Mar 2013
Canadian Arctic Archipelago glaciers could lose up to 20% of their volume if warming projections hold true, according to a new study.
World Bank Assesses Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Wetlandsclimate-l.iisd.org | 05 Mar 2013
The World Bank has released a study titled "Sea-level rise and coastal wetlands: impacts and costs," which warns that a one-meter rise in sea levels from climate change could destroy over 60% of the developing worlds coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation. This scenario could provoke economic losses of around $630 million per year.
New projections of 'uneven' global sea-level riseEurekAlert | 18 Feb 2013
(British Antarctic Survey) Sophisticated computer modelling has shown how sea-level rise over the coming century could affect some regions far more than others. The model shows that parts of the Pacific will see the highest rates of rise while some polar regions will actually experience falls in relative sea levels due to the ways sea, land and ice interact globally.
Antarctic key to tackling climate issuesNew Zealand Herald | 18 Jan 2013
Antarctica is "ground zero" for global warming, climate scientists say, and New Zealand will be the first to feel the effect of its melting ice. As the world warms, researchers' eyes are turning to the frozen continent, where trillions...
New Antarctic geological timeline aids future sea-level predictionsEurekAlert | 16 Jan 2013
(British Antarctic Survey) Radiocarbon dates of tiny fossilized marine animals found in Antarctica's seabed sediments offer new clues about the recent rapid ice loss from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and help scientists make better predictions about future sea-level rise. This region of the icy continent is thought to be vulnerable to regional climate warming and changes in ocean circulation.
Experts fear 1m sea level rise by 2100New Zealand Herald | 08 Jan 2013
Glaciologists fear they may have seriously underestimated the potential for melting ice sheets to contribute to catastrophic sea-level rises which could see increases of a metre or more by 2100.