2014-03-04. Sydney Opera House and Statue of Liberty 'will be lost to sea level rise'

posted Mar 8, 2014, 3:57 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Mar 8, 2014, 4:06 PM ]

 For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: ...Famous global landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Tower of London and Sydney Opera House will be lost to rising seas caused by climate change, scientists have warned. Even with just a further 3C of warming – well within the range to which the UN climate science panel expects temperatures to rise by the end of the century – nearly one-fifth of the planet's 720 world heritage sites will be affected as ice sheets melt and warming oceans expand. ...The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, looked at how many Unesco sites would be threatened after 2000 years of rising sea levels, but ..."It's relatively safe to say that we will see the first impacts at these sites in the 21st century," lead author Prof Ben Marzeion, of the University of Innsbruck in Austria, told the Guardian. ...particularly vulnerable sites included the leaning tower of Pisa, which is not directly on the coast but would be affected by sea level rises as a result of even a low temperature increase because it is very low-lying. He also cited Venice, ... Hamburg... and Bremen in Germany. ...Westminster Abbey and Westminster Palace, ... city centres of Bruges in Belgium, Naples in Italy and St Petersburg in Russia, .... South-east Asia will have the highest number of people affected by sea level rises,  ...The threat to cultural sites from the sea is likely to be underestimated, the study admits, as it does not take into account temporary rises in sea levels caused by storm surges such as those that battered the east coast of the UK last December. "Essentially those are uncertainties that we cannot quantify, so we made sure we are on the conservative side of the estimates," Marzeion said.... http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/05/sydney-opera-house-statue-liberty-sea-level-climate-change-unescorl. Adam Vaughan, The Guardian.