Will a Spray Tan Affect Climate? Jersey Shore’s Vinny is a Climate Nerd

January 24, 2018

Jersey Shore veteran noticed that the Jersey Shore is disappearing.

Vinny’s intuition is correct. Scientists explain why in videos below.

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2 Responses to “Will a Spray Tan Affect Climate? Jersey Shore’s Vinny is a Climate Nerd”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Yes, the Jersey shore is disappearing—-too bad Jersey Shore didn’t disappear after its first episode.

    NJ is my home state—-spent some time on the beach there last summer and saw the mess made by sand dredging and pumping to replenish the beaches and build dunes—-dirty smelly sand, and the runoff was so nasty that they closed the beaches for half a mile for fear that the runoff would sicken bathers.

    Believe it or not, some folks are fighting the dune building because the dunes obstruct their view of the ocean—-apparently, since they can get government $$$ to rebuild after storms, they don’t care if they (and their neighbors further inland that don’t have the view) get battered by high water.

  2. Karl Wirth Says:

    I, too, am a resident of the Jersey Shore (though in a tamer, more family-friendly and ‘dry’ town, unlike the one infamously portrayed on TV).

    Our beaches and dunes are scheduled to be replenished every three years, however, the most recently completed project came after only 2 years of storm battering. Though expensive, the alternative at this point would be to walk away from billions of dollars in real estate and tourism dollars. Make no mistake, if the climate trajectory continues – the equation will inevitably flip as the carbon bubble bursts.

    Interestingly enough, not many homeowners I’ve spoken with are really concerned. This is a patch of Trump Territory. The stock market is good, and real estate and home construction are booming. There is no unbuilt land here on this sandbar island, just tear-downs and replacement with bigger, more luxurious dwellings – often within a block of the ocean.

    People see storms lay waste to the beach and dunes, see tidal water in the streets in certain areas, but then the water recedes, the sand is replaced, and everything returns to normal.

    From what I understand, sea level rise will not simply manifest itself by increments of millimeters; instead, catastrophic, geography-altering events will leave indelible damages for which re-build will not be an option, and suddenly we will realize what has been lost. And this will happen again and again.

    A great analogy would be watching a vacationing family settled in on a perfect patch of beach in the summer. They’ve staked out their turf with an umbrella, beach towels, and chairs. The kids have constructed a beautiful sand castle and they’ve enjoyed the sun for hours. But then the tide begins to creep in, almost imperceptively at first. Successive waves – but not every one – slowly come closer, inch by inch. The family isn’t quite sure if they’re in a safe spot come high tide, but they remain hopeful. A couple families nearby, a little more astute, pick up their blankets and relocate further from the surf line. When the furthest trickle from the next wave nibbles at the base of their sand castle, Dad and kids grab shovel and pails and engineer a moat. They remain hopeful! And then, everything changes. Out of nowhere, a huge wave brings water and energy beyond anything before it. The moat is breached, the castle is washed to ruins, the towels and belongings are soaked, the umbrella tilts, beach toys and flip-flops are washing out with the tide and the family scrambles to pull up and relocate – until they realize it’s really time to go home anyway.


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