Scientists confirm sea levels rising 60% faster than projected

Don’t get me wrong, the experts are no Bill O’Reilly or Fox News loving crazy religious figures, so they don’t have the stamp of approval from Roger Ailes or Rupert Murdoch. So there’s your caveat. They’re merely peer-reviewed experts who have won over fellow experts.

Although there are fortunately some Fox News viewers who are waking up to the realization that they’ve been swindled, most are still well behind the curve on climate change. Perhaps the flooding of the New York subway system was a wakeup, but it’s not as though reality has ever dented their ignorance shell before.

As the NBC video segment below mentions, we should expect Hurricane-Sandy-like storms at least once every 15 years. Much of southern Florida and the Gulf Coast has a serious risk of being underwater if the problem is not addressed.

The big problem now is the continuing battle with outlets like Fox News who deny science for political purposes.

Murdoch fails to understand (or care about) the real problems of real Americans. Then again, I’ve often asked myself, to paraphrase Sarah Palin, whether he’s a “real” American at all.

NBC News:

“Global warming has not slowed down or is lagging behind the projections,” lead author Stefan Rahmstorf, a researcher at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said in a statement. “The IPCC is far from being alarmist and in fact in some cases rather underestimates possible risks.”

The experts added that the faster sea level rise is unlikely to be caused by a temporary ice discharge from Greenland or Antarctica ice sheets because it correlates very well with the increase in global temperature.

The IPCC earlier estimated that seas rose by about 7 inches over the last century, and its most recent report, published in 2007, estimated a range of between 7 and 23 inches this century — enough to worsen coastal flooding and erosion during storm surges.

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  • hollywoodstein

    Of course, some will just think it’s the Rapture, but enough wil at least grudgingly admit climate is changing. Whether they admit man dumping billions of tons of carbon into the air has anything to do with it is another thing.

  • hollywoodstein

    I encourage everyone interested in this cause to enlist our (un)natural allies in our enterprise. Get Defense Inc. to see this as a business opportunity. I mean clean supertrains, not guns for survivalists. The military is actually ahead of the MIC on this.

    Make the case to the insurance industry, transportation, agribusiness ( though some might like corn at 100/bushel), etc. Show that this is an epochal business opportunity on par with the beginning of the Industrial Age, or the Digital Age.

    Even if the electorate eventually freaks out, big money is still powerful enough to delay an effective response until it’s too late. Big Money has to understand they can make big money off of this. It’s the only chance we have.

  • hollywoodstein

    Of course, some will just think it’s the Rapture, but enough will at least grudgingly admit climate is changing. Whether they admit big business dumping billions of tons of carbon into the air has anything to do with it is another thing.

  • hollywoodstein

    No, I am not wishing for death and destruction, but the sooner two CAT5 storms hit the eastern seaboard the better for mankind overall. Americans are science illiterate, and too many have a religious business ideology that prevents them from seeing the light. They are going to have to be hit over the head with severe drought, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes before they wise up.

  • hollywoodstein

    Sadly, enough disasters to galvanize political will for meaningful change won’t happen until too much change is already baked in. The lag time between damage done and damage realized is what’s going to make it difficult to fix this before it’s too late.

  • hollywoodstein

    That water is coming from somewhere. This must mean the ice is melting faster than thought as well.

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    First world babies use the most carbon, not third world. If the first world would shape up and move to less carbon intensive energy and transportation it would be fixable.

  • Indigo

    I thought Murdoch was an Australian. Taking an oath of citizenship in the US so a person can vote and dodge taxes does not make them an American in any sense other than a legalistic jargon that even a Fox Network anchor can grasp.

  • JamesR

    In addition to the global sea level rising there are local effects of currents that can raise levels near coastlines as they change, again due to climate change. Like a (relatively) permanent storm surge, the sea level rises then on top of that, locally, currents could push the level a foot or two higher in spots as the largest rivers on Earth, in the oceans themselves, change course. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3256&from=rss_home

  • freewayblogger

    Your mortgage won’t be the only thing that’s underwater.

  • Just_AC

    An interesting thought on another blog I read is that the person most responsible for global warming and thus able to reverse it is the Pope. If he came out in favor of Birth Control, how many less babies in the thirdworld would there be and therefore less stress on our resources. Interesting thought

  • guest1

    A little bit of research will show you that legalizing hemp could reverse global warming and help the economy, unlike some carbon tax

  • http://twitter.com/IStockTimelapse Daniel Lowe

    It’s too bad this is a toxic political subject. Voters dismiss any politician who makes climate change a priority. Don’t take my word for it, watch this PBS program, “Climate of Doubt”

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/climate-of-doubt/

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