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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Thousands of Years of Rising Seas

Thousands of Years of Rising Seas

A study estimates the ultimate effect of greenhouse gases on ice sheets, after the gases have persisted for hundreds of years.
A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week calls to mind one of the most insidious aspects of global warming—it will take hundreds or thousands of years to see the full effects of the greenhouse gases. That’s because carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for hundreds of years and it takes a long time for oceans, ice sheets, and other parts of the worldwide climate system to change.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/517246/thousands-of-years-of-rising-seas/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130717

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