Scientists see rapid sea level rise on the horizon

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An international panel of scientists says it has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.

The scientists, whose findings are reported in a draft summary of the next big United Nations climate report, largely dismiss a recent slowdown in the pace of warming, which is often cited by climate-change doubters, attributing it most likely to short-term factors, according to The New York Times.

The report emphasizes that the basic facts about future climate change are more established than ever, justifying the rise in global concern. It also reiterates that the consequences of escalating emissions are likely to be profound.

“It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010,” the newspaper cited the draft as saying. “There is high confidence that this has warmed the ocean, melted snow and ice, raised global mean sea level and changed some climate extremes in the second half of the 20th century.”

The draft comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of several hundred scientists that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, along with Al Gore.

Its summaries, published every five or six years, are considered the definitive assessment of the risks of climate change and they influence the actions of governments around the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, for instance, largely on the basis of the group’s findings.

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10 comments on “Scientists see rapid sea level rise on the horizon

  1. enginecom

    These are a bunch of scammers who get government grants to support their “studies”. They are trying to force developed countries ie US to spend billions in foreign aid to mitigate effects of their predictions. The evidence of rising seas isn’t there. I have a degree in the marine sciences and have been around the shores in NE for 50yrs. Have not seen any increases in sea level or weather events. There will always be swings in climate and we seem to always get these reports of doom and gloom. It reminds me of TV preachers when I listen to the warming rants. There is little we can do to other than destroy industry and our lifestyle to satisfy these so called scientists.

  2. Stephen Crane

    Can anyone tell me what the “normal” temperature of the earth is, or where the “normal” ocean level is? I have a picture of myself sitting on the beach in front of our house in 1957 and the last time I visited that place the water level was at about the same place. Your publication loses credibility when you reference Al Gore in any way. Take a drive through the Great Basin and know there was a time when you would have been under many hundreds of feey of water.

  3. Mark the Shark

    Soundings has always promoted the left wing agenda, and continues to do so. This is why they lost my advertising dollars years ago.

  4. Peggie Hall

    That entire report is pure bovine fertilizer…as is true almost everything that comes out of the UN). In fact, the globe has actually only warmed a whopping .006 F (a statistically insignificant amount) in the last 18 years and sea levels haven’t risen at all.

  5. Jim Naugle, Fort Lauderdale

    The first sign that this story could have some problems is that it was published by the New York Times. That publication, once great, has become a laughing stock in the world of journalism. The second sign of a problem is that it is being presented to the United Nations, an organization who’s main goal is wealth re-distribution.

    What we should fear the most is global cooling. With growing ice caps will our canals and waterways dry up? How will we float our boats? Give me sea level rise any day over the alternative of being stuck in the mud!

  6. Rational mariner

    Personally, I have been in the same slip for 20 years and have seen a noticeable increase in water depth. And the springs start noticeably earlier, and falls last noticeably longer.

    But that doesn’t matter much. What matters is my friend living on Rockaway Beach who was flooded out and had to abandon her house for months. If Sandy had taken a little different track, that could have been me.

    People making dumb comments about a vast conspiracy of scientists are traitors to humanity.

  7. Yachter1

    I have reviewed reports on both sides of the “global warming” issue and have come to my own conclusion that it is a hoax for the purposes of slowing worldwide growth in hopes of conserving natural resources. We’ve been told that man-made carbon dioxide levels are dooming our plant, but how can this be when man-made carbon dioxide only accounts for 2% of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Even if we stop producing any carbon dioxide, the level could only drop by 2% – not enough to make any difference. With the exception of natural disasters like volcanic eruptions or asteroid strikes, it is the cycles of the sun that are really in control the temperature of the earth. There are many in the scientific community today who believe we are headed for a period of global cooling, we can no more effect that than we can global warming. The earth will continue to regulate itself, just as it has done for the last 4+ billions of years. But don’t take my word or anyone else’s, go out and do some objective investing and make up your own mind.

  8. One Born Every Minute

    Dear Rational Mariner, thank you for your reasoned response and anecdotal “facts.” How much is a noticeable increase in depth? How much earlier does spring start and fall last? Al Gore is in this with one goal in mind, and that is to make Al Gore money. If he can sucker someone into buying carbon credits that will line his pockets, he has no problem lying to do it. I’ll keep making my “dumb” comments. You keep buying the lies, sucker.

  9. Rational mariner

    Ok, I’ll play.

    I have seen an increase of 3 to 6 inches in water depth at my slip in the last 20 years. Perfectly consistent with the foot over the last century scientific reports. Certainly noticeable when there was barely enough water to float my boat during a moon low 20 years ago.

    And spring comes about a week earlier, and fall a week later, than when I was a kid. Noticeable when you’re a gardener! And again, consistent with published scientific reports.

    As to the amount of co2 in the atmosphere: preindustrial it was 280 ppm, now it’s 400. My calculator says that amounts to 30%, not 2%. Where do you get your “facts”, yachter1, Fox News?

    And I don’t suppose any of you bright bulbs realize that global temperatures are about 50 degrees warmer because of the blanket of co2 that was already there than they would be without it? Which implies that even the current level of increased co2 could cause a double digit temperature increase eventually.

    But again, the most significant issue is the sort of thing Sandy did- a totally unprecedented left turn into New York harbor. All weather is caused by heat. The more heat, the more weather. And it is not true that the sun’s output changes significantly. The earth’s orbit wobbles over millions of years, which is what has produced ice ages. But not over a few centuries, let alone decades.

    And the problem is not any threat to the earth. The problem is the threat to people. Floods, droughts, and storms kill people and destroy property. That’s why climate deniers are a threat to humanity.

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