June 6, 2008

My parents come from Holland, where the relationship with water is very different from the UK. Everybody learns to swim from an early age, there are little waterways instead of hedgerows and of course – our famous canals. Rotterdam was the world’s largest port until a few years ago (Shanghai now owns that title), and the dunes and water-barriers line the coast.

Add to this that nearly a third of the country lies below sea-level, and that Dutch engineers have, over centuries, created dry land out of the sea.

A rise in sea levels (a direct effect of more CO2 in the atmosphere, because of melting polar ice caps and in-land glaciers) would devastate their home country.

This website allows you to see how much of the world’s surface would go underwater, at varying increases in sea level.

It’s low tech. But you get the picture.


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