The knock-on effects of sea level change

So sea level change will profoundly change the geography of our coastlines, but what are the knock on effects for inland areas. Population migration and increased competition for agricultural and water resources will lead to inland areas being put under profound stress.  A group of scientists in U.S.A are currently researching these impacts on the Lake Wales Ridge area of Florida.  The consequences look pretty frightening.

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Now, what I want is Facts

The climate change discourse is awash with facts but since 2007 there has been scientific consensus around an important one that ‘most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities’.  This was the statement issued by the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001 from which no national scientific body of national or international standing now maintains a dissenting position.

Here we look at some important figures and answer one of the questions we are asked repeatedly – how far have sea levels risen already? Continue reading

West African governments take action

Two weeks ago in Banjul, a sea level change adaptation project involving five countries – The Gambia, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal – was launched in Banjul.

The goal of this project is to develop and pilot a range of effective coping mechanisms for reducing the impact of climate change induced by coastal erosion in vulnerable regions in the five participating countries. Acquired and implemented by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the adaptation to Climate Change and Coastal (ACCC) project is funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Continue reading

Sierra Leone: time running out for coastal slums

The three big climate change challenges facing the International Community are commonly recognised as:

  • How to stop and reverse further global warming (mitigation).
  • How to live with a certain amount of global warming (adaptation).
  • How to design a new model for human progress and development that is climate proof and climate friendly and gives everybody a fair share of the natural resources on which we all depend.

Whilst governments and corporations are wrangling over different ways to confront these challenges, one thing is abundantly clear: it is the richer countries who will have greatest responsibility for mitigation, and the poorer countries – often most under threat due to sea level rise – who will be under greatest pressure to adapt. Continue reading