Seas are Rising, Believe it or Not

Date 12/21/2012

Preston Robertson 12/12

A poll taken by Angus Reid Public Opinion Policy in March 2012 found that 29% of Americans believe that Bigfoot is “definitely or probably real.”  A May 2012 Ipsos Global Public Affairs poll found that 1 in 7 of us believe the world will “end” in their lifetimes, whether due to the Mayan calendar or other catastrophe.  One bit of recent polling that speaks to what is likely a far more important issue for ourselves and our children was conducted by the conservative firm of Rasmussen  Reports, which found, as of November 5, 2012,  68% of Likely Voters said global warming was at least a somewhat serious problem (38% saying it was a very serious problem).

But as the recent election showed, what polls say is not necessarily an indication of actual fact.  So what is one to make of those who deny the very existence of climate change? Is there a real debate about what is happening to our planet, the only place we humans can exist? From a purely political standpoint, apparently there is, at least in the United States. In the world of science, however, there is no debate. Global warming is real.

James Lawrence Powell, a geochemist and National Science Board member (appointed by both Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush), took the time to examine 13,950 peer-reviewed articles on climate which were published between 1991 and 2012. Out of those almost 14,000 articles, only 24 rejected global warming as untrue. These are articles that are based on science and verifiable data, not conjecture that suits a political or economic agenda. The only debate should be what we are going to do about it.

As temperatures rise, so do sea levels and the frequency of severe weather. If  the Superstore known as Sandy, which ripped its way through New York City and the Northeast, was any indication of what to expect, we are in for a doozy of a future. The Big Apple is seeking up to $50 billion to put itself back together. When you are talking billions, that’s real money, even in Washington. And those dollars come from the US taxpayer.  

The homes and businesses of millions of Floridians who live in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties are susceptible to flooding caused by increased temperatures. Indeed, much of South Florida is just slightly above the high tide line. The issue of climate change and resultant rising seas is one all of us needs to pay attention to and we need to demand our elected officials do the same. Time is not on our side.

Tags: Sea level rise, Climate Change, Global Warming, Ocean levels,

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