Sea level update: Still not alarmed – Hasso Hering


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Sea level update: Still not alarmed

Written February 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It’s been a while since I last checked, so here’s an update on the status of the level of the sea, which we’ve been told for years is rising because of man-caused climate change.

The news is that there isn’t any news. The level of the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast has been inching upward for tens of thousands of years. Eons ago, the First Americans were able to live on lands that now are hundreds of feet under water. So the rising sea level is old hat. But except for obvious seasonal and tidal changes, it’s so slow and gradual that it doesn’t affect us.

We’re supposed to worry about this because in 100 or 200 years, some population centers on low-lying coasts might be inundated. But those centers didn’t exist centuries ago. So if they have to move in centuries to come, what’s wrong with that? Change is the way of the world, and as long as humanity has time to adjust, there’s no reason to be alarmed.

Certainly the few people and their dogs wandering around the beach on a wet Sunday didn’t look like they were worried. They had the right idea. (hh


10 responses to “Sea level update: Still not alarmed”

  1. centrist says:

    Visiting “The Gem” again
    Pretty temperate clime there. Not a great vantage to judge the warming concept.
    Suggest a trip to the not-so-frozen north where beaches, permafrost, and glaciers are disappearing.

  2. hj.anony1 says:

    Yes! The action is at the poles and upper atmosphere, of course …..and descending.

  3. thomas cordier says:

    On balance then go to the other pole and see the ice is increasing. Hasso’s got it exactly right. This whole issue is government induced hysteria. New EPA guy will be a great balancing force- Like to see a 50% reduction in the 15,000 employee headcount in that domain.

    • centrist says:

      TC — been concerned about your silence
      Actually the ice is retreating at the other pole
      Most of the indications are in minimally-populated areas, so they won’t make any news (mainstream or tabloid)

  4. Bill Kapaun says:

    It’s about time the oceans started getting back to where they should be!
    EXACTLY how high is NORMAL?

  5. H. R. Richner says:

    To really enjoy “rising sea levels” we could look to the expertise of the Democratic Senator from Florida who has been in office long enough to find measurably increased sea levels at Miami Beach. He used it to make make an impassioned plea for his rejection of the new director of the EPA. Of course, that island has been slowly sinking for a long time but who needs to mention those details.

  6. Ean says:

    Is ocean acidification and reduced oxygen no big deal also?

  7. Larry Steele says:

    Very scientific, did you put your head in the sand to make this assessment?

  8. winslowguy says:

    I sure am glad we have Hasso to learn science from…..he knows so much.


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