I have been studying and predicting the current changes in climate for several years now.
In 2004 I predicted that we had until 2050 +-10 years before the sea level rose 1-5 meters.
At the time, it was 1/2 of the most commonly accepted predictions. This is the timetable produced in 2009 October by British climatologists.
As more data came in, it became obvious that the rate of acceleration was much higher. News stories repeatedly reported new data with the addendum that the climate scientists were surprised by the high rate of change they were observing.
The new data only confirmed my predictions, while forcing me to reduce my timetable further.
By 2007, my projections indicated that we would see a 1-5 meter rise between 2012-2028.
New data from the summer of 2009 has forced me to increase the sea level rise while maintaining the timetable. I now expect up to 10 meters of sea level rise, in the same time period. The most likely timing is 1-10 meters between 2012 and 2018.
The factors which go into the melt rate which determines the sea level rise, are all positive feedback (what happens when you get a microphone near the speaker it's feeding.)
This means that the change is non-linear, and an increase of .1 meter one year may easily be followed by 1 meter the next and up to 10 the year after.
In searching for a solution, i found a few which could act very rapidly to slow the change or even reverse it temporarily, but the are not politically feasible and have nasty side effects.
I now have a potential solution which:
1) Has geological data supporting the fact that it should work.
2)Requires only about US$10 billion.
3) Can be built in under 10 years.
4) Will, upon completion have immediate affect on the local climate, and global effects with in months.
5) Requires no international cooperation.
6) Will generate clean electrical power and food as byproducts.
7) Uses existing well known engineering practices.
This project, The Panama Pipe Energy Project, would consist of a large tunnel/pipe running from the Caribbean surface in to the Pacific depths.
It would have a tidal dam on either end, and generators at to produce power. The water would then flow through fish farms (the Western Caribbean has few nutrients, the Pacific depths have lots of nutrients.
The water is driven by the 3-6 meter difference in tidal height between Caribbean and Pacific, as well as the20cm sea level difference.
The project affects the climate by cooling the Western Caribbean, restarting a conveyor current which existed 3 million years ago, when our climate was much, much more stable than any time since.
This current runs on the cooled water dropping in the West and flowing east along the bottom. This in turn brings in cooler water from the Atlantic, cooling the Caribbean surface.
Since as of October 2009 the EU estimates that the developing countries will need Euro 138 billion each year to fight climate change, the cost is minuscule--and can be paid off with earnings from electrical generation and fish sales.