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Bangkok May Be Uninhabitable In Seven Years

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Bangkok may be uninhabitable in seven years

By Varataya Chailangka

The Nation

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Dr Ajong Chumsai na Ayudhya, a Thai scientist who has worked with the US space agency Nasa in the past, said yesterday that the areas around the Gulf of Thailand would be hit by tsunamis and that Bangkok would be under water in less than seven years.

At a seminar yesterday about the impact of global warming on Chiang Mai residents, Ajong said humans were mainly to blame for such disasters because they were using up natural resources, chopping down forests and kept emitting greenhouse gases with no regard for the future.

The United States is the biggest contributor to carbon dioxide at 30.2 per cent, followed by China at 30 per cent and India at 23 per cent, he said. Thailand was at rank 22 or 23 out of the 200 biggest emitters of CO2 in the world. With the current CO2 emission rate standing at 395 parts per million (ppm) from the previous 300ppm, he warned that greenhouse gases would increase and bring about inevitable changes.

Ajong explained that over the past three decades the temperature has risen, with warmer seas killing coral reefs, glaciers melting, storms becoming stronger and earthquakes being of greater magnitude.

Warning that temperatures would rise by approximately 4 degrees Celsius, Ajong said polar bears would be extinct in less than 10 years and the seas would rise by six metres.

So far there have been two significant changes to the Earth.

Firstly, the planet's axis has shifted, changing weather patterns, and secondly, the Earth's crust has displaced, causing more frequent and more severe earthquakes and tsunami disasters.

Thailand, which is located on the Eurasian Plate, will be affected, Ajong warned, adding that the Gulf of Thailand would be hit by tsunamis and affect the South very badly.

Earthquakes within the 6-Richter scale and severe flooding would hit provinces in the North, such as Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Lampang and Uttaradit, he said.

The Central region, namely Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Ayutthaya, would be under seawater, he said, adding that the capital would be uninhabitable in seven years.

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-- The Nation 2010-09-18

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Well I suppose he's putting his money where his mouth is as most of us will still be alive in 7 years to see if he's right or wrong.

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The shifting axis is no big deal. Magnetic North, shifts by about 24 miles per year, and at that rate, should be at the northern shores of Siberia in a few hundred years, so what. Why should shifting magnetism affect global climate?

Thais can put up with all sorts of assaults (to their senses, to their comfort, etc) so I think the word 'uninhabitable' is overkill. Even when most of Bkk is under one to two meters of standing water, there will be people who will adapt. Houseboats, anyone? Year-round large swaths of standing water there will probably be common in 25 years. The airport also. Yes, the one with a different pronunciation for Thais than for farang.

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I like the cartoon picture of trees, looks like he is addressing scholl children! :lol:

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So far there have been two significant changes to the Earth.

Only two eh ..... he's done some in-depth research hasn't he.

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I like the cartoon picture of trees, looks like he is addressing scholl children! :lol:

Well the article doesn't really explain who is on the receiving end of his words of wisdom - it could well be a speech specially for Thai logging company personnel.

Maybe he was the chief tree designer during his time with NASA? As usual with the Nation, there are more questions than answers....

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I like the cartoon picture of trees, looks like he is addressing scholl children! :lol:

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe.

(sorry couldn't resist that typo)

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Personally, I'd say its been uninhabitable for quite some time already.

As long as the airport isnt affected,Bangkok can drown in its own vermin for all i care.

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We should be frightened of Global Warming, it is no joking matter. Anyone with eyes, ears and half a brain can see well documented reports of people losing their homes and/or livelihoods due to rising temperatures and sea levels. Many progressive signs leave no doubt that a great change is taking place.

What might be debatable are the causal relationships with human activity. Which implies the possibility or not of our ability to affect the change or its rate.

The separation of evidence for these two hypotheses is extremely important and often obscure. This raises the temperature of political and scientific communities somewhat! The mistaken stand that because the cause is not completely clear no action is possible or at least a waste of money cannot be right. That we must take defensive action against Global Warming cannot be denied by intelligent informed people.

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We humans have done nothing wrong, as so often confirmed by the vast majority of posters on this forum :bah:

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