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Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink

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This is an example of a "Darwin Moment" in history. People are important, land is not.

Move with your precious family or have a disaster-filled life or worse.

In 1996, I had a similar decision - my Darwin Moment. Decided to leave it on a bay that had flooded slightly. 10 yrs later and that location was wiped out by a huge storm.

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the sea will be 8 meters higher within the next few years

Not true.

Global seas rise is 3.1mm/yr now. You can do the math.

In 2012, at the request of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, NOAA scientists conducted a review by 2100**.

My Darwin decision (see above) had me move from about 2 meters above sea level to over 300 meters and 420 km from the ocean. Avoided places with huge region-wide natural disasters like hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, too hot or too cold. Also, plenty of fresh water with no restrictions on use.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/21/world/science-health-world/sea-level-rise-2-meters-leading-displacement-millions-plausible-2100-study/ a 2019 article says 2m sea rise for Tokyo over the next 80 yrs.

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but the sea will be 8 meters higher within the next few years

Did you mean centimeters (or even millimeters)? The highest estimates I can find for sea level rises from Greenland's ice cap melting are three meters by the end of the century.

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Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink

Indonesia last month said it would relocate its capital from the sinking city of Jakarta,

But more places are becoming uninhabitable because of land degradation,

Are climate change zealots claiming that land is sinking because of man-made CO2?

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Which countries are affected by the rising water levels and exactly how much have the levels risen by?

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Which countries are affected by the rising water levels and exactly how much have the levels risen by?

Every country with an ocean border.

Think I read this a few days ago - average rise has been 3.1mm/yr since 1990.

Places with thawed permafrost is hit by wave action, that land is lost to the sea and river erosion. Gone. Permafrost that becomes unfrozen, not near running water or waves, turns into a mushy, marsh-like, ground, unsuitable for almost any use. https://whrc.org/native-alaskan-villages-threatened-by-climate-change-permafrost-thaw/ says they are relocating their entire village miles inland.

The impacts of climate change are must easier to see in more extreme environments. Those changes are accelerating. Ask any local people who live above 50-60 deg North or South latitude about climate change. They will have an easy to understand story. Or go for a visit and see for yourself. Live in those places often is pretty bare.

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