Friday, March 24, 2006

Rising seas raising alarms

Shaun McKinnon
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 24, 2006 12:00 AM

Global temperatures are climbing at a rate that will melt ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica before the end of this century, a disaster that could raise sea levels and scramble weather patterns across the planet, according to a new study.

Roiling oceans would redraw coastlines from Cape Cod to New Orleans, threatening low-lying cities with rising sea levels. Arizona and the West would grow hotter and drier, with shorter winters that would produce less runoff and further stress water supplies.

Even the scientists who framed that scenario in the study on global warming admit they were surprised at its grimness, taken aback by how rapidly the melting could accelerate. Moreover, they say, much of what the studies predict is already here: Temperatures are rising, sea levels are inching higher and warmer oceans are playing havoc with weather. advertisement...

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