Good Grief: GIFs Highlight Seas Swallowing 8 Cities

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(Mashable) Climate change and global warming may cause sea levels to rise and flood coastal cities across the world. Over the past century, the Global Mean Sea Level has risen by 4 to 8 inches. And according to estimates by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (PDF), it will keep rising between 8 inches and 6.6 feet by 2100.

Four to eight inches per century is well within the average historical norm over the last 7-8 thousand years. We should actually expect a higher rise during a warm period, because the average comes along with the cool periods, with lower rise and even drops, and those periods have tended to be longer than the warm periods. But, notice that word “may” along with a hell of a difference between 8 inches and 6.6 feet. Looks more like prognostication rather than science.

Anyhow, a bunch of people put together some drawings of what doom might look like and Mashable made GIFs of them (I wonder how much energy it took to do all that, and how much to put them on-line, putting out lots of CO2 and dooming us all?) Here’s my favorite

Notice the bridges: the 14th St Bridge is 30-35 feet above the mean low tide level. High tide level would be at about 20-25 feet. This same effect happens with most of the GIFs, in where the rise is well beyond what could be expected even on the outside of prediction. These people are nuts.

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One Response to “Good Grief: GIFs Highlight Seas Swallowing 8 Cities”

  1. Conservative Beaner says:

    New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles are flooded. So what’s the problem?

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