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Sea Level Is ‘Rising Faster Than Ever Seen’

More ‘global warming’ hysteria from the professional hysterics at LiveScience:

Sea Level is Rising Faster Than Ever Seen

Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer
Mon Jun 20, 2011

Sea levels are rising faster than they have been in the last two millennia, new research shows. The swelling seas match up well with historical temperature data, suggesting the warmer it is, the more the sea level rises.

For the record, note that the dramtic headline is not at all supported by the actual article. The article only claims that sea level have risen this faster than at any time in the last two thousand years. Which is a mere blink of an eye, when talking about the eons long natural history of the planet.

"Sea-level rise is a potentially disastrous outcome of climate change," study researcher Benjamin Horton, of the University of Pennsylvania, said in a statement.  "Rising temperatures melt land-based ice and warm ocean waters."

Oddly enough Mr. Horton’s grants from the National Science Foundation seem to hinge upon him finding such things.

Rising sea levels could threaten coastal cities, with 50 percent of the U.S. population living within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the coast. The faster sea levels rise, the more difficult it will be for cities to adjust and the more dramatic the erosion of the coastline will get, according to researchers.

The team reconstructed sea-level variability off the East Coast of the U.S. over the last 2,000 years from the microfossils (from animals that typically lived in the oceans) found in soil cores from marshes in North Carolina.

The results revealed the height of the seas during particular years, which they then compared with data from tide-gauge measurements from the last 300 years.

They found that sea levels were stable from around 200 B.C. to A.D. 1000, followed by a rise of 0.02 inches (0.5 millimeters) per year for 400 years.

Obviously due to all of the carbon emission mankind was cranking out from the years 1000 to 1400.

After this increase, the sea level held steady through the late 19th century.

Because mankind really scaled back its carbon emissions from 1400 to 1899.

Sea levels started rising again since then, averaging about 0.08 inches (2 millimeters) a year on average. This is the steepest rise the group has seen in its records, which go back more than 2,100 years.

2 millimeter = 0.08 inches. Even if this number is true, and we don’t believe it for a minute — would our coastal cities really not be able to cope with a .08 inch a year rise in sea level?

Also, are we really supposed to believe that sea levels have risen 8 inches in the last 100 years – and nobody noticed? More importantly, if nobody has even noticed this rise in sea levels, then what exactly is the problem? It can’t be all that dire, can it?

They then compared this data with historical temperature records. First, they noticed that the sea-level increases that occurred in the 11th century coincided with a warm period known as the Medieval Climate Anomaly. Current sea-level rise seems to coincide with temperature changes, as well.

The data will help researchers understand the Earth’s changing climate and oceans in the context of historical changes. It may also help researchers predict how much sea levels will rise with higher global temperatures.

So how much will sea levels rise? Give us a number that we can hold you to. A prediction for which, if you are wrong, you will lose your grant money and jobs.

"Scenarios of future rise are dependent on understanding the response of sea level to climate changes," study researcher Andrew Kemp, of Yale University, said in a statement. "Accurate estimates of past sea-level variability provide a context for such projections."

The study was published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A few clicks of the mouse reveals that this "study" appears to be largely based on a graduate student’s thesis. And here we were getting ready to unload our beachfront property.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Sea Level Is ‘Rising Faster Than Ever Seen’”

  1. TerryAnne says:

    First, they noticed that the sea-level increases that occurred in the 11th century coincided with a warm period known as the Medieval Climate Anomaly.

    So, what made that an anomaly and, thus, what makes what we’re apparently going through now not an anomaly.

    From wikipedia: The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) or Medieval Climate Optimum was a time of warm climate in the North Atlantic region, that may also have been related to other climate events around the world during that time, including in China,[1] New Zealand,[2] and other countries[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] lasting from about AD 950–1250.[10]

    So…we’ve had roughly 10 years of slightly higher than average temperatures and OMG the world is going to end you evil CO2 spewing humans. Whereas there were 300 years of warm temperatures back in the day and it was, whoops, an anomaly.

    Everyday I hate people a little more.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “Everyday I hate people a little more.”

      And everyday I ask myself why I feel that way. “Is it them or me?”, I ask myself and repeatedly, as I stand in line behind the old lady who, after all her things are rung up, only then starts looking for her checkbook and then her pen, and then and only then, notices that the checkout girl made a mistake….conclude that it’s them. It’s always them. I’m standing there with my three things, in the line where the sign says “Only 10 items please” and the old bat in front of me has 14. But her position is that she isn’t about to wait in line behind people with a full basket and what-not yet has no qualms about making me wait behind her while she takes her sweet 14-item, social-security-check-cashing time in front of me.

      Then I leave, and walk to my car, taking my life in my own hands while Cooter and Gomer race through the parking lot at 30 mph, ignoring the crosswalks and stop signs….nearly clipping Shanequa in her 1970’s Oldsmobuick that’s parked in the fire lane….but it’s ok because “she be in da caw, so if’s da fah truck be comin’, she be gittin’ out da way”. Then, when I try to drive out of the parking lot, I am detained by the entire racially mixed family that sees absolutely no problem with walking eight-abreast across the entire lane where cars usually drive but they are right in front of me and I calculate the number of years in prison for each case of negligent homicide I might incur if I just floor it…also trying to estimate how long it would take for the authorities to locate me.

      And, while driving home, dealing with yet another dunce who, in the middle of the 55 mph zone, pulls out in front of me at the last second and drives a blistering 40 mph because now they’re mad at me for using my speed to somehow arrive at their rear bumper. They do not feel particularly compelled to accelerate to the speed limit as I am clearly the one at fault, demonstrated by their extended middle finger while staring at me in their rear-view mirror.

      It’s not that the world is filled with stupid people; It’s that lightning is not distributed properly.

    • TerryAnne says:


      Do you live here in the Beltway area, too? ;) This is almost a play-by-play of any given day for me.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Hate them all equally. (I do) That way you avoid being called a racist.

    • preparing4theworst says:

      Hey Rusty, You left out the teenager who was eating fries, smoking and driving with her knees because she was texting with her bff and oblivious to any other traffic except the one who was honking and messing up her concentration….fortunately what passes for spelling did not suffer.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I don’ know nuttin about no “sea” but with nearly 300% of normal snowpack this winter our Green River, Colorado River, Gunnison, Uncompaghre and Yampa damn sure rose faster than ever seen.

    “Grab the kids and checkbook, hon! We’re running for higher ground!”

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So, Horton hears another Who and Gilligan has been moving the lobster pots into deeper water, causing the professor to panic.

    So what else is new?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Thanks for the funny, Rusty!
      Being that I am a avid surfer, I have noticed a huge increase in beach goers
      and it could be that most of the people are not properly potty trained.
      So as a friendly reminder to you beachcomers….”Don’t pee in the sea”.

  4. fallingpianos says:

    And here we were getting ready to unload our beachfront property.

    List it anyway… Algore may make an offer.

  5. eaglewingz08 says:

    Curious, that in the past two weeks there was a story about a “reputed” national scientific ocean measuring team that was disclosed to have been doctoring the data to add 3 mm in ocean height to their yearly calculations. Then this story comes out about a 2mm rise in ocean height as “catastrophic”. So one wonders whether the liberal media is using cooked books to promote a liberal anticapitalist agenda to destroy this country? Ah, but the question seems to answer itself.

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