Scientific Reports on Sea Level Rise

At least one regular reader takes issue with this matter, but the Diva finds the scientific evidence compelling.

Coastal resilience:Accelerating sea level rise requires collaborative response

Recent estimates suggest that global mean sea level rise could exceed two meters by 2100. The projections pose a challenge for scientists and policymakers alike, requiring far-reaching decisions about coastal policies to be made based on rapidly evolving projections with large, persistent uncertainties. Policymakers and scientists must thus act quickly and collaboratively to help coastal areas better prepare for rising sea levels globally, say climate change experts.

 

When Sea Level Rise Hits Home

From Bloomberg News:  Trump Rejects Climate Change, but Mar-a-Lago Could Be Lost to the Sea . “Floridians in Palm Beach spend millions to deal with rising seas.” An excerpt:

Donald Trump shelled out $409,759 for property taxes in 2016 on Mar-a-Lago, his oceanfront club above billionaire’s row in Palm Beach, Fla. Some of those tax dollars will go toward combating the ravages of climate change, a phenomenon the president-elect has dismissed as a hoax. Trump tweeted in 2012 that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese” to make U.S. industry less competitive. In early December he told Fox News that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real. He’s picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a staunch denier of climate change, to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Climate Change Reports re Boston and NYC

Boston and NYC have had many traditional rivalries, such as those between the Red Sox and the Yankees.  Recently, there have been a series of articles about the climate change and coastal risks in both of these major northeastern cities. The NYTimes writes about climate change in the NY area frequently.

Far less is known and talked about publicly for the Boston area.Recently the local public radio station took on the topic. See: Why New York Is Better Prepared For Flooding Than Boston. A new research report from Univ. of MA/Boston indicates greater problems than have been discussed publicly to date. See: Climate change could be even worse for Boston than previously thought. The direct URL to the Climate Research Boston report is here. Both a 19 page summary and the full 60 page report are available at this location.

The Rising Tide of Migration

Presently, we are focused on migration of refugees from war and issues of statelessness. As this piece warns, we soon will be seeing refugees from sea level rise.

Emerging threats- As a rising tide of migration. Two excerpts:

With sea levels on the rise, several island nations are scrambling to stay above water and ensure citizens will have a place to go when the ocean engulfs their homeland. The humanitarian-crisis phase of climate change has officially begun.
In total, climate change may displace up to a quarter-billion people by 2050, according to research cited by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. That means, within our lifetimes, climate change could become a human rights emergency that grinds global governance to a halt. How the global community chooses to address this seemingly inevitable problem will help define international relations for the rest of this century.”