Rising ocean waters pose big threat

July 24, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown

A panel of legislators today is hearing a discussion of climate change and its importance to Californians as — according to Gov. Jerry Brown — a “very slow but inexorable” rise in sea levels begins to approach an irreversible crisis stage. (Sacramento Bee)

The Select Committee On Sea Level Rise And The California Economy is examining how rising water along the state’s famous coastline will affect fishing, tourism and agriculture.

Brown told graduating U.C. Berkeley students recently that higher ocean waters will present the greatest environmental challenge yet.

He said then that climate change and melting ice caps pose a much more serious threat to the future than any other issue.

Brown told the students, “That’s the world you face. But you have the skills and the knowledge and the sense of the good. You can make change.”



  1. cch says:

    The science-bashing in these comments is pathetic. The evidence is overwhelming – just overwhelming – that unusual and extreme weather events are occurring more and more frequently around the globe, and that the changes are occurring more quickly than ever before, as judged from analysis of tree rings, ice cores, lakebed and ocean sediment cores, etc. The naysayers are people who have no training in science and no idea how to examine evidence for themselves and think critically about it, hence their only option is to lash out in fear and ignorance. Ask an Eskimo or a Pacific Islander if he or she thinks climate change is real. This person will tell you the natural world as they know it is falling apart.

  2. mrcyberdoc says:

    Let’s say the U.S. did everything possible to comply with the doomsdayers predictions, would China, would Russia, South America or any other industrial nation. Doubt it.

    • paragon says:

      So that would be a reason to take no action whatsoever? Brilliant. Instead of being a world leader, you’d you’d rather the US be a follower and lag behind the other civilized nations.

  3. rogerfreberg says:

    Another issue that should be handled within the next couple of hundred years… too bad they aren’t handling the real economic issues that affect the average person.

  4. MaryMalone says:

    There are many scientific articles published indicating climate change will produce a rise in ocean levels, leading to flooding in coastal regions especially, but in other areas, as well. This is especially true of the risk of inland valleys connected to the ocean by canyons, flood plains, etc.

    It will be expensive to address the changes that must be made to deal with coastline flooding, but far more expensive to do nothing and simply allow the most productive coastal (and some inland areas connected to the coast) regions (especially the farming and other ag areas) to be destroyed.

    Scientific American published a very layman-friendly article on the subject:

    Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California (Scientific American, 2012)


    The Pacific Institute, in May 2009, published an extensive research project on this subject in May 2009:

    The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast (California Climate Change Center, May 2009)


    CCN published an article, by Dr. Rey Waymann, regarding the “la-la-la-la we’re-not-listening” short-sighted, ostrich-like attempts to deny the reality of the rise in ocean levels and the impact this will have on us.

    The Climate Change Challenge (CCN, 1/9/2010)

    • shelworth says:

      Even if it’s true that 100% of the warming (if it is getting warmer) is caused by Man, how in the world do we get China and India and the rest of the world to clear up their acts? Short of war?

      • r0y says:

        What about all those articles and scientific investigations from WAY, WAY, WAY back in the 1970’s and 1980’s (loooooong ago, right?) that said we were going to enter another ice age? Am I the only one who remembers propaganda older than last week?

        Why is GREENLAND called GREENland when it’s covered in ice? That was one of their big arguments a few decades ago… Iceland can still be fairly green in the summer…

        How long have we been keeping meteorological data for? A little over 100 years? How long is 100 years in the course of Human history? In planetary history?

        What about all those e-mails showing the original scientists fudging their data to achieve their personally-desired results? Then another batch was released… then another.

        The problem with marrying an issue is most people do not want the divorce, no matter how abusive the situation becomes. Over time, it just becomes a sad state.

        Your first clue should have been when “scientists” say that the debate is over, the science is in. Just think about that.

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