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    AP reports this is serious now...Bangkok is really sinking

    "Everyone the government, scientists and environmental groups agrees Bangkok is headed for trouble, but there is some debate about when."

    "You notice that every highway, road and building which has no foundation pilings is sinking," says Smith. "We feel that with the ground sinking and the sea water rising, Bangkok will be under sea water in the next 15 to 20 years permanently."

    "As head of Thailand's meteorological department in 1998, Smith warned with little success that the country's southwest coast could face a deadly tsunami. He was proven right."

    Bangkok has that sinking feeling - Yahoo! News

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    Climate Change Racket.

    Pure propaganda.

    No disrespect, Chintee.

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    Would simply turn Bangkok into Asia's Venice, as per the original design.

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    Bangkok has been built on a river delta. The bedrock is at a depth of approximately four kilometres. It's been sinking for years and has nothing to do with global warming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    Bangkok has been built on a river delta. The bedrock is at a depth of approximately four kilometres. It's been sinking for years and has nothing to do with global warming.
    Yes, but the two combined would give cause for concern.

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    All the more reason to buy Pattaya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinthee
    "We feel that with the ground sinking and the sea water rising, Bangkok will be under sea water in the next 15 to 20 years — permanently."
    The same was predicted more then 10 years ago, about Manila as well - there both still here
    And neither have they turned into ghost cities because there is no drinking water - another unfulfilled prophecy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clockwork Orange View Post
    Climate Change Racket.

    Pure propaganda.
    propaganda or not - Bangkok is sinking under it's weight and the gulf is rising (climate change or not).

    with 3-5 feet above the sea level don't expect the city to last - if not the next 20 years than 120 years, but it will be flooded

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    I think in 120 years even the Thais may have mastered flood defences - particularly if they're about to drown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clockwork Orange
    I think in 120 years even the Thais may have mastered flood defences
    Let's just hope water management isn't a protected job.

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    Some of the land ice melt will rise sea levels, but Arctic ice and any other sea ice is already displacing its weight, so no worry with it, Greenland and Antarctic is the only ones that will rise sea levels. and has not exceeded 0.6 mm a year so it will be some time.
    Plus the bed rock is far below the sea floor so there will be some compression as water weight increases on that sea floor and will take some of the mass.
    Shit ain't gonna worry about it.

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    Thailand Flooding Map Exposes Bigger Problem: Bangkok is Sinking
    Mark Johanson
    November 10, 2011

    The flooding in Thailand makes daily headlines across the map, but few are aware of a much larger problem that will linger beyond the 2011 disaster: built on swampland, Bangkok is sinking.


    The Chao Phraya river basin, including Bangkok before and after the recent floods, is seen in this combination photo of satellite images produced by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite. These images use a combination of visible and infrared light to distinguish between water and land. Water is dark blue, vegetation is green, urban areas are tan, and clouds are pale blue-green.
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    The current floods ravaging the Thai capital may only be a grim foreshadow of what's to come. The low-lying metropolis lies just 20 miles north of the Gulf of Thailand, a place where experts forecast sea levels will rise by 7 to 11 inches by 2050 as a result of global warming.

    A rise like this would inevitably increase water levels in Bangkok's main Chao Phraya River - sight of much of the current flooding.

    According to Arnod Snidvongs, a climate change expert at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University, "in 50 years most of Bangkok will be below sea level."

    He told AFP that global warming is not the only threat.

    The ground in Bangkok is gradually sinking due to years of aggressive groundwater extraction. The rapidly disappearing water, used to meet the needs of Bangkok's 12 million residents, caused the city to sink rapidly during the 1970s before government measures were put in place to control groundwater pumping.

    Since then, the rate has dropped to less than inch per year, according to a study published last year by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Japan Bank for International Co-operation. Others like Snidvongs dispute that number and argue that Bangkok is actually sinking at a much faster rate.

    Either way, groundwater extraction is only part of the problem. According to experts, rapid urbanization is a major reason why floods in Bangkok have gotten worse over the years. As the parts of the city that need flood protection get larger and more built up, the water has fewer places to go. A growing suburbanization of Bangkok is having a similar effect.

    The head of Thailand's National Disaster Warning Center puts it in more colorful terms. According to him, Bangkok will become the "new Atlantis" by 2100.

    For now, Thailand relies on a complex system of dykes, canals, locks and pumps to control water levels. While the protections have proved moderately successful in the past, to date, the current floods have inundated nearly one-third of the country, affecting over three million people and killing over 500 nationwide since the disaster began at the end of July.

    It's obvious that the flood protection efforts have failed to prevent an onslaught of run-off water from the north swamping nearly a fourth of the capital city.

    So what's being done to fix the problem?

    Not a whole lot. A costly proposal to build a series of sea walls in the Gulf of Thailand is one option that's floated around. Whether or not that would even work is a big question; the Thai government has yet to conduct a feasibility study to test the plan.

    While much of the nation's budget will inevitably be used to mitigate the current flooding situation, very little will go toward solving the greater problems facing the capital city. Furthermore, the Thai government has done little to control the unbridled sprawl that's making things worse.

    Bangkok accounts for 41 percent of Thailand's gross domestic product. It's also an increasingly important part of global manufacturing chains - making this a problem on a much larger scale.

    There is much at stake and little effort to fix the problem. Bangkok is sinking. The city may be dealing with the most severe floods in 50 years, but 50 years from now, things will look a lot worse.

    uk.ibtimes.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clockwork Orange
    Climate Change Racket. Pure propaganda.
    Quote Originally Posted by Clockwork Orange
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    4 years later.

    Still think it's a racket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    killing over 500 nationwide since the disaster began at the end of July.
    Most of them were killed by their own stupidity.

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