Sea Level Rise Can No Longer Be Stopped, What Next? - with John Englander

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    The Royal InstitutionThe Royal Institution

    Sea level rise can no longer be stopped, so it is urgent that we commence intelligent adaptation as a high priority, argues John Englander.
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    Rising sea level will permanently alter coastlines and is perhaps the most profound long-term aspect of climate change affecting coastal communities everywhere, as well as the global economy. The phenomenon is often overshadowed by short-term flood events, though it will elevate those too. In this talk, oceanographer and author John Englander highlights some surprising scientific aspects of sea level rise, including the latest projections for the coming decades, eventually many meters above present.

    Watch the Q&A: de-film.com/v-video-TFMGyvHJrX8.html

    John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica allows him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its revolutionary impacts.

    This talk was filmed at the Ri on 11 February 2019.

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Vor 3 years
Martin James
Martin James

The Thames Barrier was actually planned after the 1928 floods which affected much of East and South-east London. It was still in the dilatory pipeline when the war began in 1939, so was shelved, then forgotten about until the East coast floods of 1953. It wasn't eventually completed until 1982.

Vor 3 years
Bobbylewis DevineJr.
Bobbylewis DevineJr.

I thank you for discussing with us ,in plain language,🙂, important facts about our common home that will shape the future and it's survival

David Williams
David Williams

Great lecture! Such a pity the Q&As after his lecture weren't included. Were they also filmed?

Vor 3 years
exitolaboral & Cambio Climático
exitolaboral & Cambio Climático

Thanks for the lecture! Enlightning!

Vor 3 years
Ulla Overgaard
Ulla Overgaard

I also wonder why no one will talk about the huge impact industrial farming has on top soil disappearing and the effect of this - erotion and pollution on the water, as well as the many and huge damn projects going on right now. This has got to produce an array of new problems.

Vor 2 years
Ken Seehart
Ken Seehart

29:30

Vor 3 years
R MD
R MD

Is anyone else excited about the prospect of what kind of ecosystems might arise around something like sprayships? or what animals will move into the flooded buildings?

Vor 3 years
Gerry Goeden
Gerry Goeden

This is a most informative lecture and one that should be shared with others.Unfortunately, most people (and their companies) have a very short term view and mistakenly believe there is plenty of time left. One of the few companies actively "mitigating" rising CO2 levels is Fizzy Transition Ventures. See

Vor 3 years
Atif Rana
Atif Rana

Absolutely insightful and incredibly well presented. Thanks for this! The audience needed to loosen up a bit. Couldn't get a laugh out of them. Ha.

Vor 2 years
Kirt Germond
Kirt Germond

Best presentation on climate change affects I have seen. Thank you.

Vor 3 years
Collin Lovas
Collin Lovas

Thank you for this interesting presentation, which corroborates all of the other scientific discussions on the topic.

Vor 3 years
David Imrie
David Imrie

I'd really like to see something of the same quality discussing currents in air and sea.

Vor 3 years
SkinnyFat
SkinnyFat

Wonderfully nice person! Knowledgeable and clear speaking a otherwise tuff subject to get through. For me, this was one of the best "classes" I've takin on this subject, Thank you so much for this! David, Sweden.

Vor 3 years
Marc-André Brunet
Marc-André Brunet

🎯This lecture is very useful ! 📈📉📈📉📊

Vor 3 years
pavel datsyuk
pavel datsyuk

big props to you guys not deleting counter arguments. it really helps the cause :)

Vor 3 years
Ulla Overgaard
Ulla Overgaard

I wonder how the burning of Forrest in South America, Africa, Canada, Russia and in Indonesia this year 2019 reflect on the calculations done in 2018 related to sea level rise, temp...etc.

Vor 2 years
Mr G Evans
Mr G Evans

An excellent key point made here, we can't sit idle and wait to ignore very real risks. Even if all the world ice melted and sea levels reached a maximum height, we still can't afford to carry on damaging anything that we are left behind with. We have a duty to act, but not rush. It is imperative we support the evolution, and innovation of data to better work together and achieve the interest of correct steps.

Vor 2 years
sacredweeds
sacredweeds

My mail man told me the whole ice cube thing. I told him a lot of the ice is on a plate with the melting ice running into your glass. 🙄

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Honsell Thompson
Honsell Thompson

Mr John Englander, excellent presentation. Thank you.

Vor 3 years

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