As the global warming deniers continue to shout from the rooftops about the lies that a multitude of scientists around the world tell, Rebel Voice wonders how long it will be before those rooftops are under water. Even a small rise in global temperatures will have disastrous consequences for the most financially vulnerable. Perhaps that is why the naysayers all appear to be rich.
Should sea levels rise by a number of feet, then high-tide flooding will affect millions. Fear levels will increase and competition for property on higher ground will drive up prices, further marginalizing low income families. Rents would increase. Jobs would decrease. Massive global migration would occur in levels that would make the Syrian crisis look like a teddy bear’s picnic.
As most governments now accept that trouble is on the way, it must be asked why they are not doing more to preempt the problems listed above. Today, property just above sea-level is still being sold and houses built on it. This happens regularly in Ireland, for example. A more pragmatic view would be to prohibit, or severely restrict new builds on lower-lying ground. Sadly, it seems that only idiots and short-sighted observers can get into government on the Emerald Isle.
So how high would seal levels rise if all the land ice/glaciers were to melt? Although the problem won’t be acute for a generation or two, and as estimates are just that, and open to conjecture, any figures are educated guesses at best, sensationalist and misleading guff at worst. The following article assesses the possibilities and ponders just how many cities are going to become effectively unusable when the Big Melt arrives. On the bright side, there are a lot of people who currently own beach-front property but just don’t know it yet.