We’re All Going To Drown – BBC
By Paul Homewood
Stew draws my attention to the above new piece on BBC Earth about sea levels. Even by the BBC’s standards, it must be one of the most dishonest and one sided reports they have published.
Let’s start with these two photos:
Yes, tide gauges show that sea levels are rising. But a photo of sea level reaching the 3-meter mark is clearly an attempt to suggest that this is how much sea levels have risen by already.
(I have checked the whole article and can find no reference at all to the actual amount of sea level rise).
We then move onto this piece of Orwellian propaganda:
The usual “black smoke” is seen coming out of chimneys, but why show that expanse of parched land in the front? A subliminal message perhaps?
You will have guessed by now that the article itself does not get any better. It starts:
Picture yourself on a beautiful beach, anywhere in the world. Your favourite beach, maybe. The waves are lapping on the shore, the Sun is sparkling over the water and there is a refreshing ocean breeze.
Now imagine this beach has gone forever. Sea level has risen and the shoreline has moved inland by hundreds of metres, drowning stretch after stretch of former coastline in the process.
It then states that climate change scientists say there is overwhelming evidence that sea levels are indeed rising, and at a rapid rate. Nowhere do they state that this “rapid rate” is between 7 and 11 inches per century.
It was in the early 20th Century that scientists first realised that sea levels were on the move.
In 1941 Beno Gutenberg, a geophysicist, analysed the data from tide gauges – instruments along coastlines that measure sea level – and noticed something odd. Over the period that reliable tide gauge data existed at the time – about 100 years – sea level was rising.
The author, one Vivien Cumming, does not seem to have worked out that sea level rise started long before CO2 made any appreciable difference.
She then helpfully explains that some of the rise is due to glaciers melting. Unfortunately she fails to report that the same glaciers have been melting as fast since the mid 19thC. Or that they all expanded massively during the Little Ice Age. (If anyone is in any doubt, see this).
There follows a load of alarmist drivel about 40m rises, but then settles on something between 50 and 200 cm by 2100. Again, there is no mention of the fact that the current rate of rise is at most 30cm/century, or that tide gauges suggest much less, or that sea levels were rising just as quickly between 1920 and 1970.
Cumming then mentions this study:
And there is something else that sea defence planners might want to keep in mind. Regional sea level changes can deviate from the global mean, so some places get it worse than others.
This regional variability is illustrated by a 2016 paper that found variations in sea level rise between the Atlantic and the Pacific. John Krasting, the lead author of the study explains; “our modelling study finds that sea level in the Atlantic is rising faster than the Pacific under present day carbon emission rates.” As a result, Atlantic coastal towns may be more affected by sea level rise than Pacific ones.
Apparently nobody has told her that the US Atlantic coast, referred to, is actually sinking.
She finishes off with a load of drivel that if we don’t reduce GHG emissions, we’d all end up like those poor stone age settlers who all drowned on Dogger Bank.
If this is the BBC’s idea of “objective science”, I’m my auntie’s uncle.