Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rising seas: No biggie

The New York Times has an interesting interactive graphic meant to show the devestation of rising seas as global temperatures rise.  Choose the 5 foot option to see the predicted effects of rising sea levels over the next 100 to 200 years. No doubt the Times intended to raise the alarm so that we drastically cut our carbon emissions, thereby impoverishing ourselves and our ancestors by trillions upon trillions of dollars, just to make a modest dent in the chimera of anthropogenic global warming.  Instead, the relatively minor effects they illustrate help to make the case for adaptation, which would cost much less and which could be done as the effects begin occurring, rather than now, when simplistic and rigged computer models are our only guide.