Remember when climate change researchers were after research money and predicted climate change would push sea levels up my 600 feet (180 metres)? Then it became 60 feet (18 metres) then the Australian media switched to 3 metres (10 feet). Now it is 0.003 metres per year (0.1 inches).
The latest report says the rise was 1.8 millimetres, 0.0018 metres, per year during the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s then 3 mm or 0.003 metres during the 1990s. Oh and the rise did not occur in years when there were volcanoes erupting because volcanoes cool the earth, in fact in those years the sea level fell. Clearly the doom and panic of the 1980s climate change predictions has given way to predictions based on measurements, not fantasy.
Satellites now measure ocean levels with an accuracy that climate change fantasy writers cannot ignore. Sea levels are rising but not enough to drown cities in our lifetime. The people who are in danger are the same people who are in danger from high tides and annual floods. Hundreds of people die each year in the annual Bangladesh floods and most people ignore it. If the death toll in Bangladesh rises from 600 to 700 over the next ten years, will anyone notice? The media will not. They will focus of the occasional storm flooding some rich person's ocean facing front yard.
All that smoke about rising sea levels is a distraction. What we should be looking at are rain patterns and similar critical changes. As an example, Australia ran out of drinking water a few years ago and is now manufacturing drinking water from salt water. We have more rain in recent years but it falls in short floods then disappears. There were lots of climate change media addicts telling us everything will be worse, the world will be hotter/colder/drier/wetter etc but nobody created a climate model to predict the shift in rain patterns.
The rain patterns in Australia have varied every year from about 1900 through to today. The start of the previous century was the longest hot dry period in Australia's record history. The same hot dry period occurred about the time when European sellers first landed in Australia and again at the start of this century. Whatever might be happening with sea levels and global warming, our rain patterns do not match. The climate change models are missing big chunks of information when it comes to predicting rain and it is rain that keeps us alive.
Compare rain to sea levels. If we do not have rain and cannot drink fresh water, we die in three days. Rising sea levels might add a 100 extra deaths worldwide each year. No rain will kill billions in a couple of weeks.
Returning to Australia as an example, we were told for years that our rain depended on the temperatures of the Pacific ocean. A few years ago someone announced the temperature patterns in the Indian ocean also altered our rain levels and had a bigger effect on our rainfall.
You can understand how hard it is to accept their predictions about rain when every decade brings some announcement along the lines of
we were completely wrong but now we are right.
My suburb in Sydney has no official rain measurement. We have to rely predictions from the Weather Bureau based on measurements at a place named Terry Hills. There are times when Terry Hills has lots of rain and we have none. There are other times when Terry Hills has little rain and we have floods big enough to cause erosion. You can imaging what we think of weather predictions when we are sitting outside in the sun listening to reports of rain in
Based on the current predictions of rising sea levels, the average Australian seaside cottage will not flood in our lifetime. One small tsunami, caused by an earthquake, will cause the same damage as rising sea levels from 4500 years of global warming. When a big tsunami hits, in Sydney's case cause by a large earthquake in New Zealand, the the sea level will rise in Sydney more than global warning will produce in hundreds of thousands of years. Tsunami warning systems are a higher priority for many seaside areas.
Did rising sea levels kill the middle east? The Earth has warmed for the last 10000 years but that did not flood the middle east and kill people. What killed people in the middle east was the change from a tropical climate to large areas of dry desert and marginal farmland. The Sahara desert did not exist until a few thousand years ago. The change was created in part by chopping down the trees and over grazing. We are currently doing the same to the Amazon jungle and large parts of Indonesia. Where will people live when several large tropical countries with hundreds of millions of residents become deserts?
I think it is about time the media dropped the endless predictions of rising sea levels and focused on the things that really matter, including rain and drinking water.