The Guardian & Mann-Made Sea Level Rise
By Paul Homewood
Latest nonsense from the Guardian:
Storm surges pushed by Hermine, the hurricane-turned tropical storm that on Sunday was moving up the US eastern seaboard, could be even more damaging than previous such surges because sea levels have risen by a foot due to global warming, climate scientists said.
Michael Mann of the Pennsylvania State University noted that this century’s one-foot sea-level rise in New York City meant 25 more square miles flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, causing billions more in damage.
“We are already experiencing more and more flooding due to climate change in every storm,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a geosciences professor at Princeton University. “And it’s only the beginning.”
Sea levels around New Jersey and New York have been rising steadily since the late 19thC. Part of this rise is due to the land sinking; Church & White estimate this accounts for 0.88mm/year at New York, about a third of the rise.
Sea levels were rising as fast, or faster, in the middle of the 20thC, and levels have actually fallen since 2010.
There is absolutely no evidence that sea levels are rising because of AGW, which is of course the Guardian’s implication, or that building windmills or adopting world communism will make the slightest difference.