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GLOBAL WARMING--As the Climate Changes, Bits of England's Coast Crumble

Updated on May 4, 2007

An English farm in Beccles, on the cliff above, is losing land to the encroaching sea. The government will no longer save all threatened land.

Rising Sea Level Erodes England's Coast

Beccles, England--Coastal erosion has been a fact of life here for a century, because the land under East Anglia is slowly sinking. But the erosion has never been as quick and cataclysmic as it has been in recent years, an effect of climate change and global warming.

A report this year from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that rising seas will force 60 million people away from their coastal homes and jobs by the year 2080. Here's a link to and article in today's NY Times by Elisabeth Rosenthal:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/04/world/europe/04erode.html?ref=science

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    • DAWNEMARS profile image

      DAWNEMARS 

      6 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

      Agree. Engineering is the future I think. Building dams and re-claiming the land.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I agree. My point was that "natural" events AND man-made events affect climate. We can't do much about the natural events, but we should be dealing with the ones within our control. The problem, in my opinion, is more educational and political rather than scientific. The science is pretty clear. I think we are in agreement.

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      road2hell 

      7 years ago from Linden, AB

      Volcanic eruptions emit mainly small particulates, and soot. These actually help to reflect sunlight in the atmosphere and resulting in a cooling effect. The amount of cooling to the Earth may only last a few months or one to two years depending on the size of the eruption. Sunspots only have a very small effect on the global tempertaure of the Earth. Carbon dioxide emissions are accelerating and because of inertia, the heat-trapping properties of the gas are decades behind its full potential. We are feeling the effects of GHG from stuff emitted from our cars and factories fourty years ago!

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      You are correct, of course. ipsism probably owns Exxon stock or works for the Koch brothers. The climate at any given time is a product of (1) measurable man-made effects (greenhouse gas emissions) which have been increasing as a result of population growth and the industrial revolution and (2)natural events (sun spots, volcanic eruptions). These forces can offset each other or reinforce each other at any given time. Ipsism is incorrect to dismiss anthropomorphic contributions to climate.

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      road2hell 

      7 years ago from Linden, AB

      One statement that you made ipsism, that I don't understand. How is that the few super-rich individuals are making millions out of global warming? The super-rich support the Republicans and the fossil fuel industry which they believe that global warming is a hoax. Explain.

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      Brittany 

      10 years ago

      Earl, don't get ahead of yourself. This is an awesome article . Thanks , Hubpages!

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      Earl S. 

      10 years ago

      I never knew the earth was just wearing away, according to my calculations the world will end in 2354.5848575 billion years. I sure hope I do not live to see the day. By : Earl Johnson

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      ipsism 

      10 years ago

      Global warming is real. Only thing is, global warming is a transient trend in the cycles of earth's history.

      If one reviews the temperature history that scientists have obtained, There can be no conclusion other than that our current climate is a natural cycle, no worse than prior cycles. See, https://hubpages.com/misc/The-Global-Warming-Fores orhttp://Ipsism.com

      Climatologists ignore the affects of geological events, such as sub-oceanic volcanoes and astrogocial findings. Everyone takes a small sampling of data to support their pet hypothesis, rather than examining the globe in a unified approach. As such, there is rancor and duplicity to force an agenda that will make a few super-rich while making the majority poorer.

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