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Will Your Foreclosed Home Be Worth More Underwater?

James Hansen, Climatologist from NASA speaks on the distressing changes the world is facing. MetroJacksonville proudly posts this brilliant speech from the leading authority on the science behind climate change, and posts detailed local maps showing what land disappears as sea level rises. Where is your home? Will you be underwater if the ocean rises? Or will you stay high and dry? Which of your favorite places will survive to the next century? Join us after the jump to find out the answers to these questions and more!

Published April 16, 2014 in Opinion      10 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at

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Now for the gruesome forecasts!   Here is a map of the Jacksonville area at the present sea levels.

Click to page 2 to see what disappears after 3 meters of rise:

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ben says

April 11, 2012, 07:27:10 AM
Fascinating. Love TED talks.

Non-RedNeck Westsider

April 11, 2012, 08:40:12 AM
Based on the 6m projection, I'll be sitting pretty.  Does anyone know a good dock builder?  I might as well be ahead of the game.


April 11, 2012, 09:22:39 AM
After this December, when the Mayans are vindicated, none of this will really matter.


April 11, 2012, 09:46:26 AM
Woo hoo.....  can't wait be be sittin on my back porch overlooking the beautiful St. Johns!


April 11, 2012, 10:40:00 AM
I'm good for the 3m mark, but the 6m rise wipes out the whole neighborhood.  My childhood community of the beaches disappears completely at the 1m level.


April 11, 2012, 10:44:55 AM
I would imagine most of our houses are off grade on piers or footer walls already, all you gotta do is keep jacking it up.  Then you have a sweet fishing shack vacation home.  Sounds like this is a win-win to me.

Non-RedNeck Westsider

April 11, 2012, 10:58:04 AM
We're gonna need a bigger boat.

Debbie Thompson

April 11, 2012, 12:40:42 PM
Where is an ark builder when you need one?


April 26, 2014, 11:22:47 PM
Yawn. In the 1970s, scientists swore we were entering a new ice age. Didn't happen.


April 26, 2014, 11:27:04 PM
Yawn. In the 1970s, scientists swore we were entering a new ice age. Didn't happen.

dumb.  And, no they didnt.
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