15 To 20 Foot Sea Level Rise Possible Sooner Rather Than Later

Richard Alley, a noted climate scientist with a specialty in glaciers and ice sheets, warns the IPCC prediction may be greatly understated. He foresees the possibility that sea levels will rise 15 to 20 feet within the lifetime of our children and grandchildren September 13th, 2019 by Steve Hanley  A draft of a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says rising …

Managed Retreat: Move, Don’t Rebuild, Research Suggests

By Kendra Pierre-Louis, Aug. 22, 2019, NYTimes.com What should communities do as climate change escalates threats like sea-level rise? Until now, much of the focus has been on disaster response, with very little discussion of orderly, strategic retreat from areas at risk. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, for example, the New York State governor’s office ran a public service announcement that …

‘We Should Be Retreating Already From the Coastline,’ Scientist Suggests After Finding Warm Waters Below Greenland

GREENLAND  Jordan Davidson, Aug. 20, 2019 Andrew Yang’s assertion that people move away from the coast at the last Democratic debate is the completely rational and correct choice for NASA scientists in Greenland. “There is enough ice in Greenland to raise the sea levels by 7.5 meters, that’s about 25 feet, an enormous volume of ice, and that would be devastating to coastlines all around …

Greenland’s ice loss has increased six-fold since the 80s. Now, over the last week, Greenland shed more than 60 billion tons of ice, enough to cover the state of Florida in nearly 5 inches of water, reaching rates scientists didn’t expect to see until the next century

By Maddie Stone, Motherboard, Aug 7 2019 Greenland is losing its ice. The rate of loss has increased sixfold since the 1980s, per a paper published earlier this year. Over the last week, Greenland shed more than 60 billion tons of ice as a heat wave enveloped the Arctic island, triggering melting on a scale not seen since 2012. From July 31 …

Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?

U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required. BY JIM MORRISON • AUGUST 5, 2019 For cities in the United States, the price of infrastructure projects to combat rising seas and intensifying …

How climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous: Stronger wind speeds, more rain, and worsened storm surge add up to more potential destruction

A 2013 study found a substantial regional and global increase in the proportion of the strongest hurricanes—category 4 and 5 storms. The authors attribute that increase to global heating of the climate: “We conclude that since 1975 there has been a substantial and observable regional and global increase in the proportion of Cat 4–5 hurricanes of 25–30 percent per °C of anthropogenic …

Now is the time for a World Carbon Bank

The Guardian, July 2019 excerpt It is high time to create a new, focused agency, a World Carbon Bank, that provides a vehicle for advanced economies to coordinate aid and technical transfer, and that is not simultaneously trying to solve every other development problem. Yes, I fully understand that the current US administration is reluctant to fund even existing international …

Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing two of Tuvalu’s nine islands, and the encroaching waves haunt locals’ dreams

Seascape: the state of our oceans ‘One day we’ll disappear’: Tuvalu’s sinking islands:  Islands in the Tuvalu archipelago Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing two of the tiny archipelago’s nine islands, and the encroaching waves haunt locals’ dreams by Eleanor Ainge Roy in Tuvalu; The Guardian, photographs by Sean Gallagher 16 May 2019 On the hottest days, Leitu Frank feels like she …

Sea level rise is reducing home values

By PHILIP MARCELO May 14, 2019, Associated press 1 of 4 In this Feb. 15, 2019 photo, real estate agent Tom Saab stands on a oceanfront deck at a condo he developed in Salisbury, Mass. Academic researchers say concerns over rising sea levels and increased flooding are having subtle but significant impacts on coastal property values, finding that climate change concerns …

Greenland melting faster than scientists thought

Ice flows from Helheim Glacier into Sermilik Fjord, in E Greenland April 22, 2019, KTLA Channel 5 Climate change is eliminating giant chunks of ice from Greenland at such a speed that the melt has already made a significant contribution to sea level rise, according to a new study. With global warming, the island will lose much more, threatening coastal …