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  •  If it were only that one island, maybe (6+ / 0-)

    But for that to happen, a lot of other suffering will go with.  Not that our wishes will matter anywhere near so much as international policy actions.  But still, ya can't go wishing that kind of disaster on millions of other people...

    The river always wins. -- Mark Twain

    by Land of Enchantment on Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 02:04:50 PM PDT

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    •  LoE, excellent diary, btw. n/t (4+ / 0-)

      "Politics is not left, right or center ... It's about improving people's lives." -Paul Wellstone

      by maggiejean on Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 02:08:55 PM PDT

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      •  I had already started researching... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... this topic a little before this EcoWeek turned up.  Seemed like a natural match.  And then the Senator and Congressman had to show up this week, so then there were two!

        The river always wins. -- Mark Twain

        by Land of Enchantment on Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 02:11:04 PM PDT

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        •  I think you realize that I don't wish (4+ / 0-)

          inundation on anyone, but at least nature would wipe out an evil injustice.

          I've spent the past 20 winters on Sanibel Island, FL, which is also at risk. Most there seem to be in denial about sea level rising. This despite the history of the island which was first developed as a tomato farm. But the 1926 hurricane storm surge salinated the 'soil' (it's a sandbar; no soil, just sand) such that all farming ended. After a causeway was constructed in 1963, the real estate boom began, and Sanibel and it's neighbor Captiva, have been among the priciest of Florida real estate ever since. Porter Goss lived there, and ultimately sold his home a few years ago for about $4M.

          In Lee County, one of the hardest-hit locales in the mortgage bust, Sanibel has been largely unaffected. Prices of the luxurious beach properties have dipped only 10%. Llistings are slower to sell, but there are enough of the top .1% to maintain this vacation mecca, for now. The most recent hurricane scares were during the 2004 season, when Charley's edge crossed the island, causing some damage, followed a few weeks later by Wilma. Huge increases in insurance premiums seemed to be the only fallout, seeing as the real estate boom was still in its expansion then.

          The ultra-wealthy are unfazed by the threat of climate change, because they feel invulnerable. They assume they can buy their way out of any problem, moving on to the next resort, compound or enclave.

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