Once land subsidence was factored in, “the storms rank slightly lower — as the fourth- and eighth-highest storm tides,” according to researchers. It turns out about the half-foot of sea level rise Boston has seen since the 1800s is due to subsidence.
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New research by Dr. Roger Bezdek shows that excessive groundwater pumping, not manmade "global warming," is the primary cause of subsidence in coastal areas studied -- subsidence that gives the false appearance of sea level rise. The best way to protect these coastal lands is to stop or sharply curtail groundwater pumping that collapses water tables and leads all too often to saltwater intrusion.
Once again, politics interferes with real-world truth, and the losers will likely be beachfront homeowners and other property owners who will face astronomically higher flood insurance costs. NOAA’s “corrections” to suggest warming between a huge 1998 El Niño another big one last year contradict data provided by a large integrated network of Argo ocean buoys operated by the British Oceanographic Data Center in combination with satellite-enhanced data which reveal no statistically significant warming.
It seems that Greens will make up just about any scary scenario they can hoodwink people with so that they can extend their own power and influence over an ignorant society. This is nothing new. "The sky is falling!" -- the story of Chicken Little -- goes back at least 25 centures, we are told. Facts matter little to these propagandists, who often believe their own lies after repeating them so often. But the truth is that sea level rise -- a natural phenomenon -- has slowed of late and poses little or no threat to any current land mass on the planet.
Climate alarmists may be likened unto those who yell "fire" in a crowded theatre when there is no fire at all. Robert Endlich herein traces the history of sea level change from the Wisconsin Ice Age of 18,000 years ago through to Roman and medieval times and to the modern era. He remarks that sea level is unlikely to be affected in response to tax policies that make energy more expensive and economies less roi
I started watching a National Geographic programme on TV about how the climate had changed over the past centuries. I have always had great respect for National Geographic because its material has always been well researched and presented. The programme showed how the sea level rose dramatically 125,000 years ago. Geological records showed underwater corals that were frozen in time in rock formations that are now some metres above sea level. Professional geologists explained how science was able to show all this to be true. Up to this point, the programme was good. Then, suddenly, the programme switched to projecting sea [...]
Many people are concerned that man-made global warming is causing sea levels to rise and threatening coastal communities. But are these concerns justified? Well not according to Dr. Patrick Michaels, author of the new book Climate of Extremes, who has this to say: “We have two ways of measuring sea levels. We can do it with tide gauges along coastal regions or we can do it with satellites. Both of these records tend to show in general that sea level rise has been fairly constant – obviously the satellite record is much shorter. Interestingly, as the planetary warming [...]
Al Gore says that because of global warming, the oceans may rise by 18 feet. His science advisor, James Hansen, says it could eventually be 75 feet. And eco-author Bill McKibben says we are engaging in a reckless drive-by drowning of the planet. But according to an article by renowned global warming realist Bjorn Lomborg, there is a slightly inconvenient truth – namely, over the past two years, global sea levels haven't increased at all. In fact, they've slightly declined. Indeed, since 1992, satellites have measured global sea level every ten days down to an accuracy of 3 to [...]
Some scientists say that manmade global warming is melting polar glaciers and causing sea levels to rise. But could much of the recent rise be a result of volcanic activity instead? Well as noted in Science News, this theory is now being investigated by oceanographers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Center in Tasmania. According to the story, after each of the 20th Century's major eruptions, sea levels fell sharply worldwide - such as with Mt. Pinatubo in 1993, where it dropped by five millimeters quickly and recovered at only about a half a millimeter per year. Since [...]