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Global Groundwater Depletion Leads to Sea Level Rise

Sea Level Rise
Almost half of the current sea level rise can be explained by expansion of warming sea water, just over one quarter by the melting of glaciers and ice caps and slightly less than one quarter by groundwater depletion. Previous studies have identified groundwater depletion as a possible contribution to sea level rise. However, due to the high uncertainty about the size of its contribution, groundwater depletion is not included in the latest IPCC report.
This new study confirms with higher certainty that groundwater depletion is indeed a significant factor.

Photo Source: National Geographic

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Large-scale groundwater extraction for irrigation, drinking water or industry results in an annual rise in sea levels of approximately 0.8 mm, accounting for about one-quarter of total annual sea-level rise (3.1 mm), which is a surprisingly large amount. That’s about as much sea-level rise as caused by the melting of glaciers and icecaps outside of Greenland and Antarctica, and it exceeds or falls into the high end of previous estimates of groundwater depletion’s contribution to sea level rise.

According to hydrologists from Utrecht University and the research institute Deltares, the rise in sea levels can be attributed to the fact that most of the groundwater extracted ultimately winds up in the sea. The hydrologists explain their findings in an article to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Groundwater extraction is more common in more arid regions of the world, where there is less available surface water…

Read Full Article, Utrecht University, Netherlands

International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre

New York Seas to Rise Twice as Much as Rest of U.S.

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New York. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Sea levels around New York City and much of the U.S. Northeast will rise twice as much as in other parts of the United States this century, according to new climate models (U.S. Northeast map).

Driven by changes in ocean circulation, the rapid sea level rise will bring increased risk of damage from hurricanes and winter storm surges, researchers say…

Read Full Article, National Geographic

Five architects’ plans for managing a globally warmed future, MoMA

Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront, MoMA, March 24–October 11, 2010

Copenhagen Accord Loopholes and Risks to the “Rainforests of the Sea”

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Bleached coral. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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A global temperature increase of up to 4.2 º C and the end of coral reefs could become reality by 2100 if national targets are not revised in the Copenhagen Accord, the international pledge which was agreed at last year’s Copenhagen’s COP15 climate change conference…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

Coral Bleaching Likely in Caribbean This Year, NOAA

Palau, at risk from rising seas, aims to drill for oil

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Palau. Photo source: ©© Matt Kiefer

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Palau is a paradox: The low-lying Pacific island nation is threatened by climate change but may soon be drilling for oil.

Seismic tests in the 1970s indicated the presence of petroleum but exploratory wells were never dug. Now, President Johnson Toribiong is pushing for exploration, hopeful oil will bring cheaper fuel, revenue and jobs…

Read Full Article, Reuters

Savagery without Borders: Whaling: When the sands turns from white to blood red in the bays

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After the kill…Pilot whale hunt, Hvannasund, Faroe Islands. Captions and Photo source: ©© Hans Juul Hansen

Savagery without Borders

Whaling: When the sands turns from white to blood red in the bays of the Faroe Islands.
Excerpts from Animal Health, Wikipedia, Geraldine, and Claire Le Guern

Denmark is involved in a shameful practice. While it may seem incredible, even today a whale slaughtering custom continues, in the Faroe Islands. The sea is stained in red and currently it’s not because of the climate or effects of nature. It is the slaughtering of hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins, which are a type of Pilot whales. An intelligent dolphin that is placid and approaches humans out of friendliness.

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This happens every year in Faroe Island in Denmark. In this slaughter the main participants are young teens. This is perceived as a celebration and as a form of social identity and cultural rite of passage for the islanders.

Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, it’s near extinction and they get near men to play and interact.

The Faroe Islands (Faroese: Føroyar, Danish: Færøerne) are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Great Britain and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland.

Records of drive hunts in the Faroe Islands date back to 1584. It is regulated by Faroese authorities but not by the International Whaling Commission as there are disagreements about the Commission’s legal authority to regulate small cetacean hunts. Hundreds of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) are killed annually, mainly during the summer.

The hunts, called “grindadráp” in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate.

Some Faroese consider the hunt an important part of their culture and history.They do use the pilot whale carcasses for meat and oil, but perhaps it’s not that important to the people’s food supply if they could get alternative funding or food supplements to replace these stores of whale blubber.

The defense the people take for this ritual is that it is no different from killing a sheep. However, because the times have changed and their own society has become modernized, chance to help them change for the better exist….to be able to progress past this barbarism.

Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and its own flag. It is not, however, a member of the European Union and all trade is governed by special treaties.

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This is an utterly distressing, yet quintessential illustration of the human tragedy… which is an insatiable thirst for control and power, rooted in a deep sense of fear and weakness. Violence, here physical ,is the unfortunate and lost path, chosen by so many weak, threaten, ignorant minds, in order to attempt, fallaciously, to reach a place where ” control ” is felt… whatever name is then branded as a socially accepted justification: tradition, culture, rite…

Stop the Calderon Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark- Petition Online

Calderon Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark, Protect The Ocean

Wikipedia

Dolphins Escape an Annual Japanese’s Hunt, AFP
Japanese police have launched a probe after nets on holding pens for dolphins in the coastal town of Taiji were cut during an annual hunt, possibly by foreign activists, a press report said Wednesday. Taiji, located on the western Japanese peninsula of Kii, has drawn worldwide attention after a US documentary film, The Cove, which described the slaughter of dolphins there, won an Oscar for best documentary this year. Every year, fishermen in Taiji herd about 2,000 dolphins into a shallow bay, select several dozen for sale to aquariums and marine parks and harpoon the rest for meat…

New Plan to Save Mediterranean Ecosystem

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Sardinia. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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An alliance of conservationists and international donors on Wednesday unveiled a map of six areas on the Mediterranean rim aimed at guiding policy for preserving precious habitats and threatened species.

The 251-page “ecosystem profile” was launched by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, including the US-based NGO Conservation International, the World Bank, the government of Japan and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Read Full Article, AFP

Famous Qiantang River Tidal Bore in China


CCTV news 25/09/2010, on You Tube.

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People witnessed the most impressive tidal bore in east China’s Zhejiang Province, on Sept. 25, 2010. This tidal bore is the biggest in 8 years.

Read Full Article, People Forum

Tidal Bore:Tsunami-Like River Tides Are Surfing’s New Frontier, National Geographic
It’s the tail end of the dry season on the Araguari River in the Brazilian Amazon Basin, and the water level is low. The moon is full. Suddenly an ominous roar rolls through the jungle, like the rumble of an oncoming train. A vast wall of water comes hurtling straight up the river. The native Tupi Indians call it poroc-poroc—big roar. Is it a tsunami? No. It’s a tidal bore.

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Tidal bore. Photo source: ©© astanhope