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We’re All Going To Drown – BBC

April 15, 2016
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By Paul Homewood 


h/t Stewgreen




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 continues:

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.

  1. April 15, 2016 8:52 am

    Reblogged this on Wolsten.

  2. mikewaite permalink
    April 15, 2016 9:14 am

    If the BBC want to make a significant programme about climate change and the UK action to mitigate it via the Climate Change Act , they should start by looking out of the window from Media City studios in Salford.
    Here in Cheshire , not many mile away, it is a very cold, very grey day. deathly still – so let us check Gridwatch . Not surprisingly metered wind power today is just 0.67GW , 1.7% of requirement . Now consider that we are supposed to be soon having 80% (or is it now 100% according to the latest Govt statement) of our power from renewables and you can see that there is an enormous problem here.
    This is the real climate change story so far as the UK is concerned – not the nonsense about massive sealevel increases :
    -“present fears are less than horrible imaginings” –

  3. April 15, 2016 9:32 am

    The BBC should be shut down.

  4. April 15, 2016 9:37 am

    If you like a bit of science fiction in the morning, turn to the BBC climate clowns.

    • April 15, 2016 9:42 am

      If you’re scared by BBC fantasies, move to the green part of the UK…

  5. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    April 15, 2016 9:45 am

    In a multi BBC TV repeat of Africa narrated by the Attenborough person we are shown the Sahara and loads of sketches of animals that once roamed there. Now of course, its that pesky sand and the odd big puddle. If you had got away from the TV to say get a beer you may have missed a little snippit:

    Well.. the Earth slipped off orbit those thousand of years back and the rain went south. I’m surprised that I didn’t auto convert that to something man made? Just a reminder from the planet and its environment that a few bucks won’t fix anything.

  6. Lord Beaverbrook permalink
    April 15, 2016 10:07 am

    The latest from Harrabin of the Beeb about UK steel is laughable.
    A suggestion that “Reducing industrial electricity costs in Britain would help, but only a little, he said, and the UK should instead concentrate on recycled steel”, referring to an Energy Researcher, backed up by a picture of steel workers with the message “Thousands of jobs are at risk in south Wales if the steelworks closes”.
    But don’t worry because there is a picture of a wind farm with the caption ” Denmark’s wind turbine industry has created hundreds of jobs “….. soooo relevant.

    • April 15, 2016 2:30 pm

      The Danes have proved to be amongst the cleverest business people in Europe: they sold windmills to everyone and are now busy selling back-up CCGTs to Ireland etc. to back-up their now over-winded generating system – lots of jobs in …… Denmark!

      Siemens seemed to achieve something similar by taking over most of the European gas turbine makers as they sold everyone their windmills.

  7. Joe Public permalink
    April 15, 2016 10:34 am

    Fixed it:

    “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 less affected than others.”

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      April 15, 2016 11:32 am

      From the “it’s worth than we thought department”:

      In some places sea levels are actually falling relative to the land…

  8. Don B permalink
    April 15, 2016 12:08 pm

    The tidal gauge at the tip of Manhattan, NY, started operation in the mid-1850’s. The rate of sea level rise has been constant for 160 years. (About half of the 11 inch per century rise is the land sinking.) Mankind’s activities did not start the sea level rise, and has not changed it.

  9. Broadlands permalink
    April 15, 2016 12:40 pm

    Sea level rise?

    …Another study related to sea-level rise (Webb and Kench 2010) appears to contradict the general anticipation that the impacts of climate change will eventually make low-lying reef islands unable to support human occupation. It uses aerial and satellite images taken over the past 60 years, a time during which there is evidence that sea levels have risen, to compare the landform dynamics of 27 atoll islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The study found that as a whole, instead of declining, the islands grew in land area by a total of 63 ha or seven percent.
    The research findings show that although sea level in the central Pacific Ocean rose by about 2.0 mm/yr over the study period and that all 27 islands changed physically during that time, there is considerable variation in the amount and style of change between and among the islands, with an overall net increase in land area; 86 percent of the islands remained relatively stable or their outline or shape increased in size. Twelve of the 27 islands increased in size by more than three percent but only four islands reduced in area by more than three percent.

    2.0 mm/yr for 60 years… 4.75 inches.

  10. April 15, 2016 12:58 pm

    If the BBC drowns, it will be a supreme case of “survival of the fittest”.

  11. April 15, 2016 1:17 pm

    Apparently climate science is not science at all anymore. It’s whatever will drive the agenda. Here in the US, a number of state attourney Generals are pushing for legal action against “Deniers.” You can’t make this stuff up.

  12. CheshireRed permalink
    April 15, 2016 1:24 pm

    ‘It is hard to say how quickly Antarctica will melt’. (Photo caption half way down the ‘report’.)

    Talk about bullshit projection. This stuff isn’t factual, it’s pure speculation and propaganda. It’s so disingenuous the people behind it deserve to be called to account.

  13. CheshireRed permalink
    April 15, 2016 1:37 pm

    The BBC are also running this story about ‘sea level rise’ too. I hate them with a passion.

  14. April 15, 2016 2:11 pm

    She’s obviously been schooled in the art of making up alarmist nonsense by Cardinal Harrabin.

  15. April 15, 2016 2:45 pm

    Australia : probably more twaddle cos it’s from the Guardian website reveals which homes will be swamped by rising sea levels

    • CheshireRed permalink
      April 15, 2016 3:17 pm

      ‘Will’. Such certainty which they’re in no position to assert.
      It’s all becoming a very bad joke.

  16. Derek permalink
    April 15, 2016 2:49 pm

    This article is a good antidote to the BBC stuff. The history of sea level

  17. April 15, 2016 3:32 pm

    New York should have ‘drowned’ last year according to a 2008 media report.

    ‘Seven years later, the network has quietly ignored its horribly inaccurate predictions about 2015. When it comes to global warming claims, apparently results don’t matter for ABC.’

    As long as the next crackpot scare gets a headline – job done.

  18. Broadlands permalink
    April 15, 2016 6:47 pm

    Can any of those folks point to anywhere on the planet (this planet) where sea level rise has inundated, “drowned”, any place… that hasn’t subsided? And, after adding at least 120 ppm CO2 to the atmosphere?

  19. emsnews permalink
    April 16, 2016 12:42 am

    The ‘smoke’ from ‘chimneys’ are actually vaporous material from oil rigs. Which looks black against a setting sun.

  20. RAH permalink
    April 16, 2016 11:52 am

    They have been harping their tale of doom for decades now and there is no real evidence that it’s happening. When are people going to learn not to trust them?

  21. Nigel S permalink
    April 16, 2016 12:02 pm

    Alarmy stock photo.

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