The rise of sea levels as a result of climate change and how to defend against flooding
September 3, 2008 12:49 PM Subscribe
A Dutch government commission came up with a plan
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to prevent flooding in spite of climate change during the next two centuries. Predicting a sea level rise of between 0.65 and 1.3 metres (2.15 and 4.3 feet) by 2100,
and up to four metres by 2200, the commission said the chances of flooding multiplied 100-fold with every 1.3 metre rise in the sea level.
The Netherlands, nearly two-thirds of which lies below sea level, must spend up to 1.5 billion euros (2.1 billion dollars) per year over the next century on additional safety measures.
The previous so called Deltaplan was a reaction to the 1953 disastrous flood
. It was a $3 billion, 30-year program to strengthen the protections against the sea. The country built an elaborate network of dikes, man-made islands and a 1 1/2-mile stretch of 62 gates to control the entry and exit of North Sea waters into the country's low-lying southwestern provinces.
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