Prince Charles warns the world
I suppose its rather exciting to say ‘we have 24 hours to save the world’ and with climate change it is possibly already too late to stop fundamental and irreversible environmental damage – but Prince Charles has put a 100 month target on reversing the high carbon economy and producing the radical change needed to stop global warming. With the international Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen starting this week, the Prince of Wales’ comments echo those of scientists who will say that rising sea levels, triggered by global warming, pose a far greater threat than ever thought. The combination of themal expansion and melting ice-caps and glaciers means that previous estimates are likely to be rapidly exceeded and low lying areas in Bangladesh, The Maldives, Florida Holland and more closer to home in Norfolk, London and Hull will face the risk of catastrophic flooding. The Intenational Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who had originally prediced sea level rises between 20cm and 60cm by 2100 have now revised these figures to take a more accurate account of global warming and in particular ice melt. Now revised figures say that sea level rises could top 1 metre by 2100- a figure backed by research by the Dutch Government and from the US Geographical Survey, which said that a rise could actually get to 1.5 metres. An even worse cas scenario from a team at the University of Colorado put sea level rise at 2 metres by 2100. If this happens then the Maldives would be submerged along with islands like Tuvalu in the Pacific – and cities suc as London and Alexandria would require massive new sea defences to prevent them being inundated with water.
Scientists to issue stark warning over dramatic new sea level figures http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/mar/08/climate-change-flooding
Prince Charles will say that the need to tackle global warming is more urgent than ever before and that, even in a global recession, the world must not lose sight of the “bigger picture”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/4952918/Prince-Charles-we-have-100-months-to-save-the-world.html