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of the geologist, I think that's too pessimist. For now. Don't understand me wrong, if global temperatures creep up another 2 degrees, we are in deep serious - which is why business-as-usual GHG emissions cannot hold.

A few responses up, nanne actually links to one of the articles that illustrate the point, namely:

  1. as far as has been determined, current global temperature is still cooler than the Holocene climatic optimum - particularly in the northern hemisphere.

  2. the last interglacial period (prior to this one) did have 4 - 6 meters higher sea level - but temperatures were an estimated 2 degrees higher. See here and here for examples I've found quickly.

Looking at temperature correlations, we may be seeing calving reaching a new equilibrium and grow constant but on the condition that temperatures stablise.
by Nomad on Mon May 25th, 2009 at 09:52:25 AM EST
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