Tagged: SLR

Getting it Wright on sea level rise - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 27, 2014

Sea level rise of up to 40cm around New Zealand by the middle of this century is already locked in and will cause significant problems for coastal communities and infrastructure, according to a new report just released by Dr Jan Wright, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The report — Changing Climate and Rising Seas: […] … Read More

Bangladesh: lessons in adaptation - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Mar 25, 2011

A basket case” said Henry Kissinger of Bangladesh in 1974 after the civil war that liberated it from West Pakistan (the side he backed). Mark Hertsgaard in Hot (reviewed here) reports a rather different picture. I thought it worth dwelling longer on what he has to say about Bangladesh than was possible in the review [...] … Read More

On an island: coping with sea level rise - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Mar 09, 2011

A recent Rowntree Foundation report on the vulnerability to the effects of climate change by mid-century of Britain’s coastal communities has attracted some media attention. It struck me as underlining the relevance of one of the chapters in the book Adapting to Climate Change which I recently reviewed on Hot Topic. The chapter, on adaptive [...] … Read More

Dealing with sea level rise: retreat, defend, or attack? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 16, 2010

As a handy follow-up to Bryan’s post yesterday about calls to plan for sea level rise of about two metres over the coming century, a new report, Facing up to rising sea levels [PDF], examines how two British coastal cities, Portsmouth and Hull, might cope. According to the Guardian coverage, Hull could become a “Venice-like [...] … Read More

Wade in the water - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 31, 2009

Estimates of the sea level rise that will result from continued global warming continue to increase, with two recent papers adding more evidence that the IPCC AR4 projections were unrealistically low. The rise this century could be as high as 1.9 metres, and the long term response to a warming limited to 2ºC could be [...] … Read More