by Vanessa Obrecht
"Current projections are less than rosy. According to scientific estimates, the earth’s temperature will increase by 4-5 °C this century alone, leading to a sea level rise of approx. 50 cm by 2100. This prognosis, however, does not account for accelerated polar deglaciation, which could bump up estimates to 170 cm. Ready for another, more extreme extrapolation? If all of the polar ice caps melt, we can expect a sea level rise of 60 m, leaving just the top third of New York’s Statue of Liberty peeking out from the Hudson River estuary. “Fortunately, this is not likely to happen in the foreseeable future,” or so oceanographer and professor Georg Umgiesser explains, who explores such scenarios at the Italian Institute of Marine Sciences, ISMAR"