Oh, Noes, Globull Warming Caused Rising Seas Threaten New Jersey

And the answer to stopping climate change raising the water levels is to….well, talk about it, spread awareness, and, well, that’s it

While the economy may be the most immediate issue, climate change is on our doorstep, said Melanie Reding, education coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center in Little Egg Harbor.

Reding spoke Saturday about sea level rise and what warming oceans mean for New Jersey’s coast, to an audience at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.

“New Jersey has a real issue,” Reding said. “Sixty percent of our population lives within the coastal region. We have low elevation and high population.”

The sea level at Atlantic City has risen about 14 inches since records began in 1912, half because of the rise in sea level and the other half to subsidence — sinking of the land.

So, let’s see, that means that the seas at Atlantic City (which is basically swampland) have risen 7 inches in the past century, which, science and physical records tell us is……..well within the average for sea rise over the last 7,000 years, since the last glacial period came to an end. That average is 6-8 inches per century.

Say, with all that subsidence, why isn’t New Jersey having tons of earthquakes? Doesn’t land subsidence from melting glaciers caused by someone driving a fossil fueled vehicle cause earthquakes?

Oh, and then there is that whole thing in NJ about erosion due to close in currents. As someone who grew up in NJ at the Shore, I can tell you, you would see the erosion every year. There’s a reason the state and cities spend a lot of money on rock jetties, dredge the inlets, and dump lots of sand at the beaches. Take a look at an overhead shot of the Manasquan Inlet, and witness the power of nature.

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9 Responses to “Oh, Noes, Globull Warming Caused Rising Seas Threaten New Jersey”

  1. Maggie Mama says:

    Globull warming. Globull warming. Here it is the first day of Spring and just about one hour north of Manasquan Inlet, it’s snowing. AND STICKING!

  2. The Watcher says:

    I know how to fix this. Toss the cast of Jersey Shore out there – if anything can scare back rising water, it ought to be Snooki in a bathing suit.

  3. gitarcarver says:

    There’s something else going on here….

    From the original article:
    Reding cited an article reporting that 97 of 100 climate experts say humans are changing global temperatures. The article, “Examining the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” by P. Doran and M. Zimmerman, was published in 2009 in Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union.

    The study summary can be found here:
    http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/ssi/DoranEOS09.pdf

    The “researchers” sent out an invitation to 10,257 “Earth Scientists.”

    30.7% or 3146 of the invitees responded.

    Of those responding, 5% were “climate scientists.”

    Because “97%” of the climate scientists believe in global warming, that means that to support the speaker’s contention in the original article, 152 people agreed to global warming and that man was a “significant contributing factor in global warming.”

    152 climate scientists is now a “scientific consensus.”

    Furthermore, it should be remembered that the cited study took place in 2009, which was before the IPCC scandal where data had been falsified. It was also before NASA “lost” all climate data after being asked for it under a FOIA request.

    It was also before the RAS scandal where emails indicated that the authors of the IPCC report had falsified the data, changed the executive summary, and were only interested in pushing an agenda, not science.

    No matter what, saying that because 152 people think that global warming is real settles the issue is absolutely disingenuous.

  4. Kevin says:

    Look, I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but last summer I was at the Jersey shore, and I built a sandcastle. Global warming got so bad that evening that the sea rose enough to wash it away entirely!

  5. What are you trying to do, poison all the sharks and scavengers, Watcher? I think that violates a whole raft of state and federal environmental regs!

    Those are some excellent, cogent, and scientific facts, GT. But, Al Gore feels that you’re wrong. He told me after he flew from Tenn. to Coata Rica on a private plane

    That’s horrible, Kevin! I think we need to appropriate $3.2 billion to study the issue. And raise taxes. And stop people from going to the beach

  6. Maggie Mama says:

    @ Kevin — you’re just another “alarmist” .. stick to building sandcastles in sandboxes and you’ll be just fine. Please get a grip!

    ;-))

  7. captainfish says:

    Kevin, it was all your fault. Since you were at the beach, your own CO2 caused the sea level to rise in your vicinity. After you left, the impacts occurred and then subsided because you weren’t breathing out the global pollutant.

    Teach, I would like to know how they exactly know that half of the 14 inch in sea level rise is from subsidence? How much from erosion? Have they had a sea level monitoring station active in one area since 1912? And that station has been monitored for subsidence from somewhere else that has been stable?

    Idiots make my brain hurt.

  8. Trish says:

    Snow? We don’t have snow any more. Trust me, the “scientists” were calling it a thing of the past, since like 2000…

    snow a thing of the past

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