After seeing what $100k of troughers coin gets you…a report into a possibility, maybe, sometime Â in the future ,Wellington might, just maybe have a problem with rising sea levels, you might be surprised to find out that other academics think sea level rises are a but ‘meh’ especially for the Pacific.
Rising sea levels caused by global warming are unlikely to swamp the small atoll nations of the South Pacific, a University of Auckland academic claims.
Writing for theÂ Australian science website Conservation, Professor Paul Kench said new evidence suggested that low-lying coral reef islands would be more resilient to sea-level rise than thought.
Sand and shingle islands lying one to three metres above the current sea level were considered among the most vulnerable places on Earth.
“The new findings suggest that, rather than being passive lumps of rock that will be swamped by rising seas and eroded by storms, the islands are dynamic structures that can move and even grow in response to changing seas,” he said.
Kench closely examined how reef islands formed over the past 5,000 years, including Jabat Island in the Marshall Islands. That island was created 5,000 years ago as sea level rose to 1.5 metres above its present level. Â Â Read more »