Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

Sep 4, 2016

By Justin Gillis

Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.

Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing beneath the sea several times a year, cutting the town off from the mainland.

And another 500 miles on, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., increased tidal flooding is forcing the city to spend millions fixing battered roads and drains — and, at times, to send out giant vacuum trucks to suck saltwater off the streets.


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14 comments on “Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

  • Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

    It began a long time ago, but as peak level tides and storm surges are intermittent, it often takes gross changes before the unperceptive and unobservant, notice they are more extreme and more frequent !



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  • I suppose the Christian Right politicians, could get Ken Ham to organise a rescue boat to save all the people and animals of Florida, until the state becomes more devoutly Xtian and the waters recede!!! 🙂



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  • Global warming is causing increased flood risks world-wide.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37249193
    India and Nepal say a lack of information from China about glacial lakes and rivers in Tibet could hamper their ability to plan for flash floods.

    Sources say there has been a rise in avalanches, landslide-dammed rivers bursting, glaciers cracking and glacial lakes dangerously filling up.

    Studies by Chinese scientists have shown glaciers and permafrost rapidly melting in Tibet.

    Earthquakes also continue to destabilise them.

    A recent study has shown Tibet topping the list of places across the globe that has experienced an increase in water.

    Mining and dam construction in the Tibetan plateau have further fuelled concerns in downstream countries.

    In the absence of early warnings from Tibet, water-related disasters can cause human and property losses downstream in Bhutan, Nepal, India and potentially Bangladesh.

    One recent event took place in July when buildings in Nepalese towns bordering Tibet were swept away by a sudden flood.

    Authorities in Nepal say it was the result of landslides in Tibet that dammed the Bhotekoshi river.

    This is one of several rivers that run through Nepal which originate in Tibet.

    In the past 80 years, scientists have recorded 10 occasions when glacial lakes burst out in Tibet and the flood waters reached Nepal.



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  • Joseph #6
    Sep 8, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Has there been a temperature rise in the earth’s crust? …

    There has been a steady heat flow upward from the Earth’s core to the surface since its formation, but the heat from the greenhouse effect is largely within a very thin surface layer, and in the movable and mixable parts of the Earth where heat can be carried by short term convection- Namely the atmosphere and the Oceans.

    Most of the crust is too deep for surface heat to be conducted very far down in the geological short-term.



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  • Joseph #5
    Sep 8, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Knew it all along without a scientific perspective to convince me. Looking for higher ground now…

    I have been living at 500 feet up a slope for about 40 years!



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  • I thought that without the lava down there we’d have no grass up here. By ‘magic’ I wasn’t inferring hocus-pocus or mumbo-jumbo, it was poetic licence. Meanwhile, if something can’t be proved why believe in it? I’d say that nothing can be proved because proof is just a word; even my belief that I’m here can’t be proved because primarily we’re dealing with words and not real people. What I mean by ‘real’ is ontological and getting myself involved. That’s my life making the tea, not stirring a brew.
    However, should it not befit us then to re-examine what we’ve been led to believe in any school of thought, what we’ve been taught and or indoctrinated to accept as true? Am I to be ridiculed for believing that I’ll meet with my loved ones again one fine day? To my good friends the atheists faith is a statement of belief but absent of proof. The atheist has no tool in this respect by which he or she can just believe. Either way I can’t prove or disprove a thing except to myself, but then neither can they. End…



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  • Joseph #10
    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I thought that without the lava down there we’d have no grass up here.

    That is probably so, because without the out-flow of heat from the Earth’s core, which was generated by the planet’s formation, the surface temperature would be too low for grass to grow. Without this heat and without the chemical elements which make up the planet, life and grass would not have evolved here.

    Meanwhile, if something can’t be proved why believe in it? I’d say that nothing can be proved because proof is just a word;

    Proof is a term used for hypothetical mathematical concepts. A lack of absolute proof, is neither evidence against an evidenced claims, nor does it support the false equivalence of evidence supported claims and fanciful thinking. Scientific “proof” is of the “evidence beyond reasonable doubt” form.

    Science does evidence and deductive /inductive reasoning which produces answers to very high levels of probability. It also debunks false claims which are based on mistaken observations, fantasy, flawed calculations and flawed reasoning.

    However, should it not befit us then to re-examine what we’ve been led to believe in any school of thought, what we’ve been taught and or indoctrinated to accept as true?

    That is a key feature of scientific methodology which constantly tests, re-examines, debunks or re-confirms, and up-dates views.

    Am I to be ridiculed for believing that I’ll meet with my loved ones again one fine day?

    No, but wishing does not make it so, and evidence suggests otherwise.

    How many of the evolving human ancestors from millions of years past, do you think you will be joining in an afterlife?

    To my good friends the atheists faith is a statement of belief but absent of proof.

    That is why it is subject to so many flawed and conflicting beliefs.

    The atheist has no tool in this respect by which he or she can just believe.

    The atheists have all the objective modern tools of science and technology to examine physical, chemical, medical, psychological and biological claims. These give very high levels of probability and consistency in providing answers which work in the real world.
    By comparison, practical decisions made by “faith-thinking”, regularly turn up in accident reports, following investigations into wrong decisions!

    Either way I can’t prove or disprove a thing except to myself,

    This I’m afraid this the negative proof fallacy, which is purely a form of self-deception!

    but then neither can they.

    The onus of proof is on those making assertions of existence, not the sceptics asking for evidence!



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  • Joseph #10
    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Am I to be ridiculed for believing that I’ll meet with my loved ones again one fine day?

    That is the empty promise which some religions offer as a reward for a lifetime of servitude to their causes, and sometimes a lifetime of tolerating abusive leaders in the hope of something better later!

    To my good friends the atheists faith is a statement of belief but absent of proof.

    Religions historically seem to have considered furthering their expansions by co-operating with dictators, where the religion enslaves the minds while the dictator and cronies enslave the bodies!
    People who can be persuaded to believe what they are told without evidence, are just what such people need as a core population for exploitation!

    The atheist has no tool in this respect by which he or she can just believe.

    Many atheists have critical rational thinking and evidence based science, so don’t put much value on the dubious outcomes of wishful thinking. . . . . Self deception or willing gullibility, is not a “tool” of value!

    I have no problem with recognising death as final for all living organisms.
    We have one life and really should make the most of it while we can, – based on soundly evidenced knowledge!

    Ethically, we should also be considering what we are passing on to future generations, so in this respect, collectively responsibly managing the planet, on the basis of scientific evidence based predictions, should be a priority over reckless short term personal greed and selfishness!



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