Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Worst Case Scenarios

Worst case scenarios are always a little morbid. A study of the worst that can happen usually is but it is also necessary if only for preparation. As they say, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”

So I find studies by international groups on the climate to be so fascinating. Studies indicate that in the worst case of global climate change, world temperatures could rise by 4 degrees Celsius by the 2060s. A simple rise like that would mean that sea levels might rise by between 0.5 and 2 meters.

In my self-interest, I find a sea level rise of 2 meters to be very scary. Living on the island nation of Singapore, a 2 meters rise in sea level would mean a lot less real estate here in Singapore. Considering how much Singaporeans love their property, that’s a scary though for all Singaporeans. I guess there’s always immigration.

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