Researchers believe that the second Global Deluge can take place already in 2100.
Recently, a team of American scientists with the leader R. Steven Nerem, Associate Director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, determined that the level of World’s Ocean increases faster. Such a phenomenon concerns with the global warming that leads to the glaciers’ melting in Antarctic and Greenland. However, the scientists could not count a speed of this process until nowadays.
Steven Nerem and his colleagues decided to analyze the satellite data collected since 1993. It was revealed that during the last 25 years water level of World’s Ocean increased to 7 cm. However, the rates of water’s rise accelerate to 0.084 mm per year. If nowadays sea level rises to 2,9 mm per year, then until century ends a speed of water’s rise will reach 10 mm per year. It means that until 2100 sea level will increase to 65 cm.
The world’s Global Deluge threatens primarily the island states. The Maldives will be flooded first. Most of the land of this tourist paradise raises up from water only by 1m. The government of the country realizes the whole danger that is why it established a special fund a few years ago. This fund is replenished by the part of the income of the tourist business. The government is going to buy a new land for this money where all the local inhabitants can move. The negotiations about such a large “purchase” take place with the local governments of India and Sri Lanka.
In Europe, the Netherlands will suffer most of all. However, Dutchmen are not going to give all their native land to the sea. That is why they developed a project called Delta Works. It is a series of construction projects in the southwest of the Netherlands to protect a large area of land around the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta from the sea. The works consist of dams, sluices, locks, dykes, levees, and storm surge barriers. The aim of the dams, sluices, and storm surge barriers was to shorten the Dutch coastline, thus reducing the number of dykes that had to be raised.
We should also add that dozens of coastal metropolises in the whole world belong to the deluge zone.
Metropolises in danger
There are 10 metropolises that will suffer from Global Deluge:
- Shanghai (China) – 24,1million inhabitants
- New York (USA) – 23,9 million inhabitants
- Los Angeles (USA) – 17,7 million inhabitants
- Buenos Aires (Argentina) – 14,6 million inhabitants
- Guangzhou (China) – 14 million inhabitants
- Mumbai (India) – 12,5 million inhabitants
- Shenzhen (China) – 12 million inhabitants
- Bangkok (Thailand) – 5,7 million inhabitants
- Kolkata (India) – 5 million inhabitants
- Guayaquil (Ecuador) – 2,7 million inhabitants
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