Guardian : Sea Level To Rise 1000 Metres

The Guardian, Friday 29 April 2005

The world is getting warmer – and US scientists now know precisely how much warmer. They calculated the radiation from the sun, the heat reflected back into space, and the rising temperature of the seas and say the extra warmth is equivalent to a 1 watt lightbulb shining constantly over an area of 1 sq metre everywhere on the planet.

That would raise average temperatures by 0.6C before the end of the century, they report in Science today. Warming at that level, maintained over 10,000 years, would melt enough ice to raise sea levels by a kilometre.

“This energy imbalance is the smoking gun that we have been looking for,” said James Hansen, director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “It shows that our estimates of the human-made and natural climate forcing agents are about right, and they are driving the Earth to a warmer climate.”

Global warming rate discovered | Environment | The Guardian

Ninety percent of the US will be underwater, like Manhattan’s West Side Highway has been since 2008.

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11 Responses to Guardian : Sea Level To Rise 1000 Metres

  1. Karl says:

    10.000 years of warming? fossil fuels will have run out loooooong before that…

  2. omnologos says:

    By amazing coincidence, 1w/square meter is 1,000 times the average amount of brainpower available in the Guardian’s newsroom

  3. Andy DC says:

    Time to buy your Boulder, CO beachfront property before it’s too late!!

  4. Ray says:

    Did you see the correction, taken from the Grauniad’s “Corrections and clarifications column”?

    “The warning from US scientists that warming at the present rate over 10,000 years would cause sea levels to rise by a kilometre is mathematically correct but physically impossible. We omitted a qualifying statement from the Nasa briefing paper which said “if there were that much ice”.”

    Of course, if there were that much ice, we would be talking about an entirely different planet, and there would probably be no life on it.

  5. gator69 says:

    “…equivalent to a 1 watt lightbulb…”

    More likely, this is all being caused by something that is not quite as bright.

  6. Sparks says:

    Oh look at all the Alarmists here defending that article. oh waite no.. lol

  7. Kaboom says:

    Warming at that level, maintained for 10,000 years means 600 degree higher temperatures. In that case the sea level will drop very far while everything above it gets steam cooked.

  8. So, wait, I thought we were supposed to get 3°C or more by the end of the century. When did they decide that 0.6°C was correct? & when did they say why the lower number was correct?

  9. tckev says:

    Guardian Latest –
    Coldest August night for 40 years –

    “Where’s my global warming?”

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