Sea Levels Rise

GLOBAL WARMING – Sea LevelCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here’s a program from our archives.Carbon Dioxide and Methane tend to absorb and trap heat. In recent years, increasing levels of these gases in our atmosphere have scientists concerned that the temperature of the earth may be warming. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. If the world is warming, what will the consequences be?Ambience, Ocean Woodwell: “There is no doubt that the warming of the Earth will result in the melting of glacial ice, which will be added to the water that’s already in the oceans. That raises the level of the oceans, but it will also increase the volume of the amount of the water that’s already present in the oceans.”George Woodwell is director of the Woods Hole Research Center.Woodwell: “The warming increases the volume of water, and that raises sea level globally. Raising sea level is a benefit to no one. It floods harbors, islands, cities, coastal cities, deltas – such as the Mississippi Delta and the Ganges Delta, and other river mouths all around the world. Millions of people live in those places, and they will be displaced in the course of the next century, as sea level rises in response to the further warming of the earth.”This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Sea Levels Rise

Thirty years ago, George Woodwell warned that If the Earth's temperature continues to rise, flooding would eventually displace millions around the world. Part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration.
Air Date:05/09/2018
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GLOBAL WARMING - Sea LevelCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here's a program from our archives.Carbon Dioxide and Methane tend to absorb and trap heat. In recent years, increasing levels of these gases in our atmosphere have scientists concerned that the temperature of the earth may be warming. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. If the world is warming, what will the consequences be?Ambience, Ocean Woodwell: "There is no doubt that the warming of the Earth will result in the melting of glacial ice, which will be added to the water that's already in the oceans. That raises the level of the oceans, but it will also increase the volume of the amount of the water that's already present in the oceans."George Woodwell is director of the Woods Hole Research Center.Woodwell: "The warming increases the volume of water, and that raises sea level globally. Raising sea level is a benefit to no one. It floods harbors, islands, cities, coastal cities, deltas - such as the Mississippi Delta and the Ganges Delta, and other river mouths all around the world. Millions of people live in those places, and they will be displaced in the course of the next century, as sea level rises in response to the further warming of the earth."This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.