If you want it, it won’t be a fairytale
Americans tell their kids a fable about a Dutch boy, Hans Brinker, who saved the Netherlands by putting his finger in a hole in the dyke. The moral is to quickly stop a small problem before it becomes a big one.
One small complication: The Dutch never heard of this story, the guy never existed, and no disaster was prevented like that.
The Dutch and Mediterranean Flooding
But now, a real disaster is brewing. Sea levels will rise so much that gondolas in Venice will not work anymore. Try submarines. Alexandria will become submerged. How many Greek islands will disappear? Etc.
A century ago, the poor and the rich around the world flocked to live on the waterfront. Now, rising sea levels threaten all coasts, from Pacific islands to New York to Los Angeles. It will turn destruction by tsunamis into child’s play. I see no solution for them yet. But the coasts of Italy, Morocco, Egypt, and Israel (Gaza) can be saved by a modern Hans Brinker.
The solution is simple. Believe me, the Dutch can do it. Close the Straits of Gibraltar with a nice dam. A couple of sea locks let boats navigate the water level difference and may regulate the height of the Mediterranean.
Look at how the Dutch protected and now protect their national coastline.
Call a conference for all countries bordering this largest inland sea. Get a nice budget and ask the Dutch to do it. Full disclosure: I don’t have shares.
Israel and Mediterranean Drought
One could and should say the Mediterranean water level will rise anyway. Rivers will continue to bring much more water than will evaporate. When water levels of the Atlantic rose by meters, the Gibraltar dam might stop that from entering, but low tide will not be low enough to let out water.
The solution is modeled by Israel. Most of its drinking water there now comes from desalinated seawater. Handy, now climate change diminishes rainfall and will make water in higher demand than oil. We can live without oil but not without water to drink. After securing water supply from the newly created lake, the desalination plants can produce water for export.
Begin planning this now, before the small problem becomes a big problem.