The Rise in Sea Level Cannot be Stopped Over the Next Several Hundred Years

Say goodbye to Tuvalu, because, according to climate scientists, the raising sea levels cannot be stopped over the next several hundred years, even if we made drastic cuts to emissions today:

... even if the most ambitious emissions cuts are made, it might not be enough to stop sea levels rising due to the thermal expansion of sea water, said scientists at the United States' National Centre for Atmospheric Research, U.S. research organisation Climate Central and Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research in Melbourne.

"Even with aggressive mitigation measures that limit global warming to less than 2 degrees above pre-industrial values by 2100, and with decreases of global temperature in the 22nd and 23rd centuries ... sea level continues to rise after 2100," they said in the journal Nature Climate Change.

This is because as warmer temperatures penetrate deep into the sea, the water warms and expands as the heat mixes through different ocean regions.

Even if global average temperatures fall and the surface layer of the sea cools, heat would still be mixed down into the deeper layers of the ocean, causing continued rises in sea levels.

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You know what we can do to solve this problem? Simply outlaw the rise in sea level just like what North Carolina did. Problem solved!

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Man, life sure is going to be different once Florida is gone. No new episodes of COPS. No new "idiot criminals" funny crime stories. No new hilarious footage of people crying next to hurricane-destroyed homes claiming that they'll rebuild again this year just to spite the storm. No more presidential election jokes about hanging chads or Pat Buchanan.

It's been fun.
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