Someone please tell National that global warming IS HAPPENING
Sea rise 'to exceed projections'
The global sea level looks set to rise far higher than forecast because of changes in the polar ice-sheets, a team of researchers has suggested. Scientists at a climate change summit in Copenhagen said earlier UN estimates were too low and that sea levels could rise by a metre or more by 2100. The projections did not include the potential impact of polar melting and ice breaking off, they added. The implications for millions of people would be "severe", they warned. Ten per cent of the world's population - about 600 million people - live in low-lying areas. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its 2007 Fourth Assessment Report, had said that the maximum rise in sea level would be in the region of 59cm.
Professor Konrad Steffen from the University of Colorado, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, highlighted new studies into ice loss in Greenland, showing it has accelerated over the last decade. Professor Steffen, who has studied the Arctic ice for the past 35 years, told me: "I would predict sea level rise by 2100 in the order of one metre; it could be 1.2m or 0.9m. "But it is one metre or more seeing the current change, which is up to three times more than the average predicted by the IPCC." "It is a major change and it actually calls for action." Dr John Church of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research added: "The most recent research showed that sea level is rising by 3mm a year since 1993, a rate well above the 20th century average."
As this Government axes environmental programs, as this Government scraps the ETS, as this Government guts the RMA pretending it's cutting red tape when it's really burning green tape to allow developers to quash community concerns, as this Government holds an inquisition into climate change denial - as this Government does all these things, the Planet continues to melt pushing sea levels higher then those predicted by the IPCC, because as has been pointed out by many commentators, they hadn't included any of the melt from Antarctica or Greenland. The reality of global warming is that it is out pacing the predictions.
As the planet burns, National fiddles.