[Marxism] Antarctica’s Accelerating Ice Collapse » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 20 07:13:19 MDT 2014

The sea-level rise of 10 to 16 feet will come in decades, rather than 
200 years. It will submerge essentially every port city in the world, 
including Guangzhou, Mumbai, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, Kolkata, 
Osaka-Kobe, Alexandria, New York, New Orleans, Miami, and indeed all of 
South Florida. This will likely displace over 300 million people, many 
of them in countries that have equated development with movement of the 
majority of their populations to low-elevation coastal zones in port 
cities. The displacement and homelessness from the changes in sea level 
might be the least of humanity’s problems. Being a geophysicist, Rignot 
does not address the possible effects of the changes in ocean salinity 
on sea life, but one can expect that such a huge influx of fresh water 
into the oceans will cause radical changes in the areas of high primary 
productivity (i.e. that feed those at the lowest levels in the food 
chain) and result in massive fish kills. Other changes of the oceans are 
likely to ensue, the details of which we cannot begin to imagine. One of 
these, for certain, will be a change in the ocean currents.


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