Florida’s Political Disconnect on Sea Level Rise

May 11, 2015

Ed Schultz produced a very well done, aggressive series on climate and sea level rise last week. Here’s part of it – recommended.

Associated Press:

America’s oldest city is slowly drowning.

St. Augustine’s centuries-old Spanish fortress sits feet from the encroaching Atlantic, whose waters already flood the city’s narrow streets about 10 times a year — a problem worsening as sea levels rise. The city relies on tourism, but visitors might someday have to wear waders at high tide.

“If you want to benefit from the fact we’ve been here for 450 years, you have the responsibility to look forward to the next 450,” said Bill Hamilton, whose family has lived in the city since the 1950s. “Is St. Augustine even going to be here? We owe it to the people coming after us to leave the city in good shape.”

St. Augustine is one of many chronically flooded communities along Florida’s coast, and officials in these diverse places share a concern: They’re afraid their buildings and economies will be further inundated by rising seas in just a couple of decades. The effects are a daily reality in much of Florida. Drinking water wells are fouled by seawater. Higher tides and storm surges make for more frequent road flooding from Jacksonville to Key West, and they’re overburdening aging flood-control systems.

But the state has yet to offer a clear plan or coordination to address what local officials across Florida’s coast see as a slow-moving emergency. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is skeptical of man-made climate change and has put aside the task of preparing for sea level rise, an Associated Press review of thousands of emails and documents pertaining to the state’s preparations for rising seas found.

Below, my recent video on Florida Sea Level rise.

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6 Responses to “Florida’s Political Disconnect on Sea Level Rise”

  1. neilrieck Says:

    The numbers: average ocean levels increased 20 cm (8 inches) between 1900 and 2000; That was at an average rate of 2 mm per year; In the past 10 years the rate-of-rise has increased to 3 mm per year. Believe it or not, this melting is part of events at the end of the previous ice age 11,700 years ago. It would have happened anyway but byproducts of the continuing industrial revolution have converted centuries into decades.

    • Bill DeMott Says:

      Hardly part of the last ice age, since the paleo data shows that the earth was gradually cooling in the 1000+ years before the start of the industrial revolution. We also expect a strong acceleration of sea level rise as the earth continues to warm. That is attributed to greenhouse gases, no some unexplained “recovery” from the ice age.


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