I'm cynically amused by the latest climate change hysteria from the ecoweenies.
If carbon emissions continue to increase unabated, large, populated areas of Northern California and the U.S. will be inundated from rising sea levels over the course of this century according a new report. Many areas will be impacted by the year 2050.
Researchers at Climate Central, an independent group of scientists and journalists based in New Jersey, predict a 2 to 7 feet sea level rise this century, “depending upon how much more heat-trapping pollution humanity puts into the sky.”
In a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they predict that “unabated carbon emissions up to the year 2100 would commit an eventual global sea-level rise of 4.3-9.9 meters.”
If their projections are true, at least 21 U.S. cities with populations of more than 100,000 are considered “endangered land,” including Stockton, Sacramento, and Long Beach. San Francisco’s Financial District will be under water, and areas of smaller cities like Alameda, Emeryville, Richmond, and Vallejo will be uninhabitable.
The group created a website, Surging Seas-Sea Level Rise, with interactive, high-resolution coastal flooding and sea level rise maps, and tools that show just which areas in California have the highest risk. Users can type in specific areas, and see results according to varying levels of sea-rise and varying levels of emissions control.
There's more at the link, including pictures of well-known parts of the Bay Area before and after the forecast rise in sea levels. They're quite entertaining.
Trouble is, hard data is not on the ecoweenies' side. As Karl Denninger trenchantly points out:
The problem with the claim is that there's a tide gauge (actually, several of them) in the San Francisco Bay basin. One of them with a 75 year record is at Alameda Naval Air Station.
It shows no material change in tidal levels.
Again, more at the link.
So much for the ecoweenie's claim that climate change has already produced an 8" rise in sea levels since the problem reared its head. If that's the case, why do no sea level gauges show that rise?
There is no objectively verifiable truth in the anthropogenic climate change lobby. None whatsoever.