New York Times 1982 – Build Dikes And Evacuate Lowlands


Published: August 16, 1982

if all the water now trapped as ice in Greenland and Antarctica were added to the oceans, the sea level eventually could rise by perhaps as much as 100 feet.

Only two responses to this situation appear possible: low-lying lands can be evacuated or seawalls and dikes can be built.

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4 Responses to New York Times 1982 – Build Dikes And Evacuate Lowlands

  1. Mike says:

    100 feet? Come on. How about a 3rd response…you based your research on real science.

  2. Larry Geiger says:

    From the Wikipedia on “Greenland Ice Sheet”: “If the entire 2,850,000 cubic kilometres (684,000 cu mi) of ice were to melt, it would lead to a global sea level rise of 7.2 m (24 ft).” Just saying.

  3. SMS says:

    I’ve seen estimates that based on the worst warming scenarios it would take 3000 years for the Greenland ice sheet to melt. And due to the already extreme low temperatures in the Antarctic, there is a chance the ice volume would increase across the continent rather than decrease with increasing atmospheric temperatures because more snow would be able to accumulate; lowering the oceans.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    it’s another application of the ‘zero strategy’. You just keep adding zeros until people take notice. “100 feet” – QED.

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