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Climate change isn’t the day after tomorrow any longer, it’s started the day before yesterday

June 19 2009 | Communications, Jim's Blog,
by Jim

I know many of us see films like The Day After Tomorrow and think... never.

Someone shows us a photo of what Miami Beach would look like with 2 feet of sea level rise and we think... won't happen... can't happen.

But the truth is of course sea level rise will effect coastal cities.

One lesson we should start learning is that the unthinkable often becomes a reality. These issues have tectonic consequenses for all coastal issues as the tension and pressures from sea level rise will focus on coastlines.

Here's the short version: Climate change is already significantly above what was recently seen as "worst-case scenario".

"Climate change is already having visible impacts in the United States, and the choices we make now will determine the severity of its impacts in the future, according to a new and authoritative federal study assessing the current and anticipated domestic impacts of climate change. ... The study also finds that the current trend in the emission of greenhouse gas pollution is significantly above the worst-case scenario that this and other reports have considered."

Here's the long version.
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