Faster melting of polar ice dampens future of Shore – baltimoresun.com
Scientists underestimated rise in sea level, studies say.
Polar ice sheets are melting faster than most authorities realize and could eventually submerge coastal communities worldwide, according to a pair of studies released today. Researchers from the University of Arizona and the National Center for Atmospheric Researchers noted that sea levels rose 20 feet during a warming period 129,000 years ago – and said the waters could rise just as high sometime after 2100 if global temperatures continue to climb. Maryland would be hit harder than most areas, with the Eastern Shore particularly vulnerable, said J. Court Stevenson, a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences at Horn Point, who was not involved in the studies published today.
‘We’re talking about our grandchildren having to face this,’ he said.
I read that 22% of Americans are certain that the world will end within 50 years with the second coming of Christ. Another 22% are not certain, but think that this scenario is very likely. If those numbers are correct we are looking at 44% of Americans not really caring whether these shores will be under water by the end of the century.
If, on the other hand, you feel like I do that we should always aim to leave this world in a better condition that we found it in, we have our work cut out for us.