Surging Seas: When Sea Level Rises, How Bad Will It Suck Where You Live?

Surging Seas from Climate Central: Tracking Sea Level ChangesClimate Central recently released Surging Seas so people can track the effects of storm surge + sea level rise in their area and hopefully it’ll strike a chord. We’ve been told for 25+ years that the polar ice caps are melting but today, you’ll still hear waterfront homeowners swear that they’re not seeing it. Unfortunately, when sea level does noticeably rise, it’ll probably be too late to reverse it. Might already be. [Climate Central]

Related article: Weighing the Risk of Sea-Level Rise

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Haters Gonna Hate. Deniers Gonna Deny.

Kent cigarette advertisement - smoking is goodRemember the old days when tobacco companies tried to convince us that smoking was healthy and did not cause cancer? Well the debate over climate change can be framed in those same terms. The NY Time’s article, “A Reminder That Science Can Override Pressure”, is probably the best I’ve read about the climate debate and how time and science will eventually change minds. [NY Times]

Related: Merchants of Doubt

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Jim Inhofe Writes A Book. “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future”

A over-tanned Senator Jim InhofeFortunately, I don’t read much and in the case of the new book from Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, I probably don’t need to start because his book title says it all. If there was a Climate Denier Hall of Fame, Mr. Inhofe would be elected first ballot and that is why I sure hope he’ll live long enough (b. 1934) to write a follow up apology book. But I’m not holding my breath. Because today, even as the nation of Tuvalu goes underwater and global average temperatures continue to rise, he still holds onto his views, points to a freak snowstorm and will never admit that our actions contribute to global warming.

I guess that is what gets me about the whole climate debate – so much time is wasted trying to change minds that can only go one way. I want Mr. Inhofe to be right but the reality is that our climate is changing and we’re the only ones that might be able to slow it down. My recommendation: ignore the Inhofes of the world, do what you can to consume less resources and most of all, spend less time convincing. Time will tell but some [narrow] minds will never change.

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