Fierce competition for water could trigger conflict unless nations cooperate to share the diminishing resource, leaders from Asia-Pacific nations warned on Monday.
From Central to Southeast Asia, regional efforts to secure water have sparked tensions between neighbours reliant on rivers to sustain booming populations.
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Hydrogeologic investigations over the past 20 years have largely confirmed the concepts developed by peatland ecologists that stress the close linkage between hydrology and peatland ecology. However, these studies have also shown how groundwater flow systems interacting with the climate, geology, and biota of large peat basins largely shape the ecological development of these waterlogged ecosyste ... read more >>
Sea-level rises could send floods driven by storm surges over London's Thames Barrier regularly by the end of the century, if nothing is done to bolster the UK's flood defences, scientists warned on Tuesday. But around the world sea level rises from melting ice alone are likely to be "in the tens of centimetres" rather than several metres by 2100, as some outlying estimates had predicted, accordi ... read more >>
Climate change is affecting the snow blanket in the Northern hemisphere, which in terms affect the habitat of plants, animals, and microbes that depend on ice to stay warm during cold winter months. ... read more >>
The Earth’s northern polar region will be almost ice-free in the warmest months by 2050, sooner than previously estimated, according to a study by two federal government scientists who work on climate change. ... read more >>
White House warned on imminent Arctic ice death spiral | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | guardian.co.uk
The melting of sea ice in the Arctic has caught the eye of the US Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon. ... read more >>
Observations, whether from satellites, sensors, or from people who live in the Arctic tell the same story – the Arctic climate is changing faster and more severe than most of the rest of the world. The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average. See Video on the post for feeling changes in arctic ice melting! ... read more >>
Sea levels have risen along the East Coast around 6 to 8 inches since 1960. Under different global warming scenarios, seas could rise 8 inches to several feet by 2100.
The longer term concern is that if warming causes the collapse of the Greenland and/or Antarctic ice sheets, seas could rise tens of feet, although it is thought a rise of that magnitude would take hundreds of years.
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Global warming is the primary factor contributing to rising sea levels and with new data showing that greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, we can expect concomitant rises in sea levels in America and around the world. To try to address the threat on the US East Coast, UCS convened a multi-state roundtable in April. This roundtable included the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as officials ... read more >>
On the sixth-month anniversary of superstorm Sandy, NBC evening news looked at whether rising seas and ever-worsening storms could destroy beach living.
Of course the answer is that it could and probably will on our current emissions path:
NBC: “The three feet of sea level rise predicted by the end of the century could swamp the jersey shore and redraw the coastline of florida. more imm ... read more >>