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Under water by 2100? Risk of the rising sea (CATASTROPHE LOOMS!!!)
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/26/07 | Mike Taugher

Posted on 01/27/2007 7:04:21 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom

The seas have been rising for 18,000 years, but the pace has quickened.

At the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean crept seven inches higher during the past century, as global warming melted glaciers and expanded ocean waters.

Californians are taking notice. In one of the first efforts of its kind in the state, officials are starting to address the threats rising seas pose to the Bay Area.

One of the first steps was to compile maps that show what would happen if the sea level rose three feet -- the upper limit for what might occur by 2100, according to computer models of climate used by the state.

The maps show a dramatic level of inundation: San Francisco and Oakland international airports would be under water, along with Foster City, parts of Redwood City and virtually all the bay wetlands, many of which have been restored at great public expense as habitat for wildlife.

Also at risk are railroad tracks running through Alviso, highways, buildings, and public works projects, such as the East Bay Municipal Utility District sewage-treatment plant in Oakland.

“There are some areas that are extremely vulnerable,” said Leslie Lacko, a coastal planner for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

According to a 1990 study, a three-foot rise in sea level would threaten $48 billion in real estate, roads and pipes around San Francisco Bay.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: catastrophe; climatechange; fearmongering; globalwarminghoax; omg; surfsup
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The Merc ran the most unbelievable series of scare-mongering GW stories this week. It was a totally over-the-top, disaster-is-imminent, we're all gonna die tomorrow series.

Not a day goes by the Merc doesn't lead with GW or Gay. Puke.

...continues

“We have a lot of infrastructure that is very vulnerable to a little bit of sea level rise,” said the study's author, Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland. “We're going to have to spend a lot of money to protect them.”

The issue is already having an effect on flood insurance rates. They're going up around the country, in part because of natural hazards that could be worsened by warming, according to Evan Mills, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

As sea levels continue to rise, he said, “The demand will go up, I am sure.”

Recent climate models suggest a sea level rise of four to 36 inches by 2100, although that range will reportedly narrow when a major report from an international team of climate scientists is released on Tuesday.

On the other hand, a recent study in the journal Science suggests that since 1990, the seas have been rising in accordance with the worst-case scenario. Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany argues that climate models may underestimate how fast the seas will rise because they don't take into account some of the complexities of glacier behavior.

While any rise is likely to be gradual and could be modest, especially if greenhouse gas emissions are curtailed, scientists worry that there will be catastrophic surprises, such as huge ice sheets sliding into the oceans.

Even a relatively modest increase could spell trouble.

Raise sea level 18 inches, and salty ocean water would flow deep into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, intruding into the drinking water supply for 23 million Californians.

1 posted on 01/27/2007 7:04:22 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

What do I care? I won't be around!


2 posted on 01/27/2007 7:05:53 PM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

My video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwbhwjjwwDM


3 posted on 01/27/2007 7:05:55 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

By the year 2100 we will be able to siphon the excess water and shoot it into outer space, nothing to worry about here.

All this freakin' water everyone's worrying about, but you can't have a power flush toilet!


4 posted on 01/27/2007 7:06:24 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

- H. L. Mencken


5 posted on 01/27/2007 7:09:02 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I'm 895 feet above MSL. I'm okay even if all the ice in the world melts. Bring it on.

Seriously, I'm so sick of these sky-is-falling, scare-the-public stories on global warming.


6 posted on 01/27/2007 7:09:14 PM PST by MSM Hater (Murtha, Reid and Alcee Hastings - poster boys for the "culture of corruption")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

cant we just eat cake


7 posted on 01/27/2007 7:09:23 PM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
IIRC, in 1824 there was an inundation in St. Petersburg - and one poet wrote about it in a letter "a nice bidet occasion for your ladies"...
Given SF public hygiene with the homeless urinating on the streets, an inundation would likewise do them a lot of good.
8 posted on 01/27/2007 7:10:04 PM PST by GSlob
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The Murky News has been underwater for years.


9 posted on 01/27/2007 7:10:42 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Surfs gonna be up!!


10 posted on 01/27/2007 7:10:44 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: snarks_when_bored
Do-over...

Surf's gonna be up!!

11 posted on 01/27/2007 7:12:15 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I'm stealing your gif...


12 posted on 01/27/2007 7:12:26 PM PST by Dallas59 (HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

It's raised 7" in the past 100 yrs, but it's going to raise 3ft in the next 93 yrs?

"during the past century, as global warming melted glaciers and expanded ocean waters."

So what was the cause of the global warming 100 yrs ago?

((your animation is very funny))


13 posted on 01/27/2007 7:12:45 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: word_warrior_bob
The "do gooders" once had a plan to tug huge icebergs over to the world's drought areas. I guess they just thought that the people would drink the melt water and that would be that?
14 posted on 01/27/2007 7:13:54 PM PST by endthematrix (Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Buy your Nevada oceanfront property now.


15 posted on 01/27/2007 7:14:32 PM PST by BW2221
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Oh, for ****'s sake, what a crock.


16 posted on 01/27/2007 7:15:18 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("left unchecked, Saddam Hussein...will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

FAA Identifier: SFO
Lat/Long: 37-37-08.3000N / 122-22-29.6000W
37-37.138333N / 122-22.493333W
37.6189722 / -122.3748889
(estimated)
Elevation: 13 ft. / 4.0 m (surveyed)
Variation: 17E (1975)
From city: 8 miles SE of SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Time zone: UTC -8 (UTC -7 during Daylight Savings Time)
Zip code: 94128


Field elevation is 13 feet. So a sea level increase of 3 feet will put the airport "under water". Great math there folks! And at the minimum rise of 4", they can turn the airport into a marina.... RIGHT!


17 posted on 01/27/2007 7:15:54 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("Actions have consequences.")
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To: pcottraux

Yeah I would be about 157 years old, I doubt I willsee that, then again I would imagine at some point Dykes and other barriers would go up,and by that time we will be getting a lot of water out of the sea by desalination for drinking purposes,that may slow things down a bit.


18 posted on 01/27/2007 7:16:08 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
...global warming melted glaciers and expanded ocean waters.

um...isn't it a wash ? isn't the mass\volume created by the melting, offset by the mass\volume lost by melting ?
19 posted on 01/27/2007 7:17:13 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: BW2221

Thanks for the tip.


20 posted on 01/27/2007 7:17:13 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Well, it couldn't happen in a better place.


21 posted on 01/27/2007 7:17:24 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Maybe my house wil be waterfront for my grand kids.


22 posted on 01/27/2007 7:18:15 PM PST by hophead ("A questions not really a question, if you know the answer too.")
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To: MSM Hater

I'm 895 feet above MSL. I'm okay even if all the ice in the world melts. Bring it on.

_____

Your property value will Skyrocket! I'd start taking a pick axe to the local dam.


23 posted on 01/27/2007 7:18:36 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Old Professer

Well, it couldn't happen in a better place.

______

The rescuers in the helicopters will be able to easily identify them by thier rainbow and lavender colored bandanas.


24 posted on 01/27/2007 7:19:50 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: BwanaNdege
Field elevation is 13 feet. So a sea level increase of 3 feet will put the airport "under water". Great math there folks!

These articles are written for people who lack critical thinking skills and can't do simple research on the Internet. It wouldn't occur to the target audience to question the newspaper's assertions. ;)

25 posted on 01/27/2007 7:24:19 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
The maps show a dramatic level of inundation: San Francisco and Oakland international airports would be under water, along with Foster City, parts of Redwood City and virtually all the bay wetlands, many of which have been restored at great public expense as habitat for wildlife.

Well, yes, wetlands would be flooded by any significant rise in sea level. Pretty simple concept, really -- they're "wetlands" (the politically correct word for "swamp") because they're wet. And they're wet because they're very close to current sea level. Ergo -- duh -- they would get inundated if sea level rises. And, guess what? Areas a couple of feet above current sea level would become, yep, wetlands.

The real question is why, if everyone is so sure that sea levels will rise, why the current wetlands were "restored at great public expense." Has this newspaper decried this tragic misuse of taxpayer money? Somehow, I doubt it.

26 posted on 01/27/2007 7:27:35 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina (Dook is my mortal enemy. N.C. State is an annoyance, like when the cheese sticks to my pizza box.)
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To: pcottraux

So we will build on stilts. What the heck do they want? Our cars?


27 posted on 01/27/2007 7:30:09 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

How can there be a century of data regarding water levels at the Golden Gate Bridge, when construction began in 1933?


28 posted on 01/27/2007 7:31:09 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

If we survive 'tim morning...well, it's more than we can expect.


29 posted on 01/27/2007 7:31:29 PM PST by stevem
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

2 miles of ice on top of North America will fix this.


30 posted on 01/27/2007 7:31:52 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: word_warrior_bob
Your property value will Skyrocket! I'd start taking a pick axe to the local dam.

I'm loading up on ammunition now so I can fend off the drowning 'rats from the blue states as they head for higher ground in my red state!

31 posted on 01/27/2007 7:31:59 PM PST by MSM Hater (Murtha, Reid and Alcee Hastings - poster boys for the "culture of corruption")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

32 posted on 01/27/2007 7:32:18 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I am the Cat who Walks by Himself and all places are alike to me!)
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To: stylin19a

My iced tea always overflows the glass when the ice melts, doesn't yours? LOL.


33 posted on 01/27/2007 7:34:32 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The public will swallow this Global Warming puke. Then, the call will sound for them to take their walk down the Santa Monica Pier. It is there they will load up in the Mother Ship of Communism where there will no longer be the right of the individual to private property. Mark my words.


34 posted on 01/27/2007 7:34:44 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Does this mean that California is going to be GONE SOON?????

Oh hold my heart still.....I couldn't get this lucky!!!!


35 posted on 01/27/2007 7:35:16 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: RegulatorCountry

You said -- "How can there be a century of data regarding water levels at the Golden Gate Bridge, when construction began in 1933?"

Well, Fort Point was there before it was ever U.S. Territory. That's probably the reason why. It's been a fort as far back as 1794

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Point%2C_San_Francisco

Regards,
Star Traveler


36 posted on 01/27/2007 7:42:12 PM PST by Star Traveler
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To: BwanaNdege
Field elevation is 13 feet. So a sea level increase of 3 feet will put the airport "under water". Great math there folks! And at the minimum rise of 4", they can turn the airport into a marina.... RIGHT!

Ooh! I hate when I have to take the wrong side here, but the 13 feet is probably an average elevation. Portions of the airport could possibly be close to sea level. I Google Earthed the airport and it appears that this could be the case. I'm not sure how accurate the Google Earth database is for SFO. Are there any Freeper pilots out there who have used SFO?

37 posted on 01/27/2007 7:42:52 PM PST by MSM Hater (Murtha, Reid and Alcee Hastings - poster boys for the "culture of corruption")
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To: struggle

Awesome :)


38 posted on 01/27/2007 7:44:23 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* ?I love you guys?)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

What the probability of a sea rise versus the probability of a magnitude 9 quake? Maybe the rising water will put out the fires.


39 posted on 01/27/2007 7:48:31 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: stylin19a

Yes, but only if you are talking about ice floating in the water. Land locked ice would not apply.


40 posted on 01/27/2007 7:50:44 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I should get some stock in "Acme Boat"


41 posted on 01/27/2007 7:52:24 PM PST by woofie (Its Patriotic to be Hateful,Nasty,Stupid and Destroy the Country as long as you are a Democrat)
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To: struggle

Excellent video. I gave it an awesome rating!


42 posted on 01/27/2007 7:54:11 PM PST by MSM Hater (Murtha, Reid and Alcee Hastings - poster boys for the "culture of corruption")
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To: WestTexasWend; SF Republican

high-and-dry-on-the-llano-estacado/oh-God-will-the-sf-hippies-come-here-now PING


43 posted on 01/27/2007 7:56:22 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Funny, but I don't remember pressing 1 for English in 1994.)
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To: HarleyLady27

"Does this mean that California is going to be GONE SOON?????

Oh hold my heart still.....I couldn't get this lucky!!!!"

Watch that Biker Lady, there's a whole bunch of us in
So. Cal and even in S.F. that are not Leftist Comrade's in arms. We value that which we still have here in the Peoples Republic of CalMexico. (LOL sort of)


44 posted on 01/27/2007 7:56:48 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Then why hasn't Bangladesh been flooded.


45 posted on 01/27/2007 7:56:49 PM PST by onedoug
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To: pcottraux

Ill be dead at least 79 years before their prediction happens.

How about speeding it up to next year so I can witness thaat human waste go under!


46 posted on 01/27/2007 8:00:00 PM PST by dalereed
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
[The issue is already having an effect on flood insurance rates. They're going up around the country . . .]

Al Gore met with representatives of leading insurance companies in the U.S. last year to discuss "global warming" and its effects on insurance rates.

This whole con job is about money--higher insurance rates, carbon trading, for-profit "green technology." Gore sits on the boards of assorted "green" companies.
47 posted on 01/27/2007 8:03:40 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: nuconvert

The article said it has been rising for 18,000 years. The right question is what has been causing it to rise for 18,000 years? The answer- the Sun!


48 posted on 01/27/2007 8:05:14 PM PST by Laserman
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

We're All Going To Die.....


49 posted on 01/27/2007 8:05:43 PM PST by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gultch.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
For some historical perspective, sea levels have risen on the close order of 400-440 feet since the last ice age (12-15,000 years).
50 posted on 01/27/2007 8:05:44 PM PST by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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