Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Rising ocean could sever land link to Nova Scotia

The Halifax Daily News (Canada): Nova Scotia is in danger of being cut off from the rest of Canada as the Atlantic Ocean rises, according to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The province's only land link to continental North America is the Isthmus of Chignecto. It's just 24 kilometres wide and mostly covered by low-lying wetlands. It could be at least temporarily inundated.

"Some large cities (e.g., New Orleans) and important infrastructure (e.g., the only highway and rail link between Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada) are located on or behind dykes that will provide progressively less protection unless raised on an ongoing basis," the UN panel said in a 2007 report titled Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. "Some potential damages may be averted through redesigning structures, raising the grade, or relocating."...

Nova Scotia map, Wikimedia Commons

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