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The problem has nothing to do with one particular parameter of the possible, for example sea rise.  When all forms of ecosystems are now subject to irreversible damage, it's the totality of the effects which must be considered.  Who cares if the sea rises 1 or 3 or 5 meters if the basic foodstuffs are damaged by this civilization, if the destruction of genetic diversity leaves us hanging by our primordial toes, if the destruction of coral reefs is a symptom that even a higher sea has nothing to harvest, then it doesn't matter where you live.

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by Crazy Horse on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 06:12:01 PM EST
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by Patrice Ayme on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 08:02:01 PM EST
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Certainly true.  The comment about selling your retirement home was a bit facetious.  Even with a +4C rise in temperatures we are likely to have other problems as bad as sea level rise.  Most basically, we could have a significant reduction in the carrying capacity of the earth.  

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 23rd, 2009 at 08:05:58 PM EST
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