Posted Sun, 01/29/06
The piece is an eye-opener. I have very little knowledge about science, but even I was taken aback by some of the points made in the article by journalist Juliet Eilperin:
Princeton University geosciences and international affairs professor Michael Oppenheimer, who also advises the advocacy group Environmental Defense, said one of the greatest dangers lies in the disintegration of the Greenland or West Antarctic ice sheets, which together hold about 20 percent of the fresh water on the planet. If either of the two sheets disintegrates, sea level could rise nearly 20 feet in the course of a couple of centuries, swamping the southern third of Florida and Manhattan up to the middle of Greenwich Village.
It's definitely food for thought.