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Apr142016

Sea Level Rise Set To Double

I try not to become too involved in the climate change argument - it is just too fraught, and there is s hint  of inevitability from the consequences that make our pathetic arguments so irrelevant. And there is still hope, isn't there?

There are a couple of people who send me articles regularly, no doubt in the hope that I will give them some prominence, but by the time I get them, they seem so 'second-hand.'

Then this article appeared in the Washington Post a day or so ago that was so dammed awkward to avoid that I decided I had better put up the URL. It came straight after an extremely optimistic story on wind-power in the US - almost as if the editors were endeavouring avoid us becoming too cocky. 

It is the best explanation of the subject matter that I have seen so far, and it should give rise to some fairly urgent re-calculations by those charged with ensuring our safety, if not our property values. 

I think it brought home to me that although much of this information has been available, and scientists have been endeavouring to drop the hint that we should all be taking note, it has somehow seemed too hard to handle, and extremely far away.

The zietgeist simply did not fit our perception - why? I believe that can be explained by our world view that nothing can be really believed until it has has been validated on a World scale, and for that matter, printed in the WP or NYT, or similar as in this case. Articles in Nature pass right under the radar.

The reality of what is happening has certainly been 'over the horizon' as far as the majority of Americans are concerned - the melting of the Arctic is real, nearby and barely consequential in comparison to the Antarctic. The latter has only now become a reality, and sufficient research assembled to make the inevitability of a substantially greater rise than was previously contemplated, something that they (and we!) now have to deal with.

We were in NY in 2014 - just two years after Cyclone Sandy, and the effects of the inundation of Lower Manhattan were barely able to be seen. And New Yorkers were even less able to talk about it. I admired their sangfroid at the time, but I was totally unimpressed with the measures planned to deal with a repeat.

I remain totally lacking in confidence that this article will bring about any change in that quarter. The fact that 40% of pro footballers end up with traumatic brain injury is of far greater concern right now, and it will take a while to sink in, even to the undamaged brains!    

Calculators will be working overtime as we work out how this effects us.

But hold on, it effects everyone at this rate, and even those fortunate enough to live on vertical promontories will find it extremely difficult to maintain any form of life as we know it beyond a few short years after the water starts lapping at the door.

Electric cars may or may not be a good idea, but far more will be required of our extraordinarily complacent government to meet this challenge. Even the wealthiest amongst us will find trust funds, and compliant tax-havens inadequate to preserve their lifestyle, or even life as we know it. 

That is the reality.   

 

 

 

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If Trump can build a wall to keep out Mexicans then we can build a wall to keep out the sea, especially on the East Coast. At least we will have a great walk to see all the inundated properties - pity about the cycle way....

April 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

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