If people like this were to be believed the past 25 years we’d already be living in Waterworld. Dire forecasts has us submerged last decade, but it never happened. So now a so-called “independent” outfit called Climate Central has issued a press release dutifully regurgitated by the New York Times warning us we’ll be swimming with the fishes by 2030. For effect, The Times helpfully adds a photo of people flooded out by Hurricane Irene, as if that has anything to do with the story.
About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.
If the pace of the rise accelerates as much as expected, researchers found, coastal flooding at levels that were once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence by the middle of this century.
By far the most vulnerable state is Florida, the new analysis found, with roughly half of the nation’s at-risk population living near the coast on the porous, low-lying limestone shelf that constitutes much of that state. But Louisiana, California, New York and New Jersey are also particularly vulnerable, researchers found, and virtually the entire American coastline is at some degree of risk.
“Sea level rise is like an invisible tsunami, building force while we do almost nothing,” said Benjamin H. Strauss, an author, with other scientists, of two new papers outlining the research. “We have a closing window of time to prevent the worst by preparing for higher seas.”
You know what will help stave off doom, according to Strauss? Why an awareness campaign. Obviously nobody’s been aware of the impending doom heretofore. You know, what these guys really need is an unquestioning media to help spread fear.
While some coastal governments have previously assessed their risk, most have not, and national-level analyses have also been rare. The new package of material may therefore give some communities and some citizens their first solid sense of the threat.
Dr. Strauss said he hoped this would spur fresh efforts to prepare for the ocean’s rise, and help make the public more aware of the risks society is running by pumping greenhouse gases into the air. Scientists say those gases are causing the planet to warm and its land ice to melt into the sea. The sea itself is absorbing most of the extra heat, which causes the water to expand and thus contributes to the rise.
When we get to 2030 and none of this nonsense comes to fruition, they simply revise their alleged forecasts to 2050 and tell us the time to act is now.