‘The ocean is rising and it’s going to keep rising for quite some time’
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — What until recently was a mostly academic discussion about sea level rise is starting to hit home — literally —as Americans watch devastating storms like Katrina, Irene and Sandy engulf cities and fundamentally alter the shape of coastal areas.
“What is very clear is, the ocean is rising and it’s going to keep rising for quite some time. The difference from last time is, now, there are a lot of people living on the coast,” said Margaret Davidson, acting director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Davidson’s powerpoint presentation is online here, and a video of her presentation should also be posted at the same place soon.
The consequences of rising sea level are likely to be enormous, given that the majority of the country’s population lives along coastlines, and those coastal cities generate a huge percentage of the country’s economic wealth.
Impacts could be much greater near estuaries, lagoons and river mouths
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — When it comes to sea level rise, not many countries have as much to lose as the Netherlands, so it should be no surprise that Dutch researchers are closely tracking the impacts of coastal erosion.
In one of the latest studies, scientists from UNESCO, the Technical University of Delft and Deltares say the effects of coastline erosion as a result of rising sea-level rise in the vicinity of inlets, such as river estuaries, have been dramatically underestimated.
86 percent of surveyed coastal residents believe climate change is human-caused
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Europeans living in coastal areas support government policies to protect marine environments from climate-change impacts and named climate-related issues like coastal erosion and sea-level rise as recognizable threats.
The findings came from an extensive survey on environmental issues. The online sampling of 10,000 residents of 10 European countries — 1,000 from each of Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway and Estonia — revealed widespread concern about climate change, led by worries about sea level rise and coastal erosion.
Eighteen percent of the respondents named climate change as the single most important environmental problem facing the world. By comparison, poverty and lack of food and drinking water was chosen by 31 percent, international terrorism by 16 percent, and a global economic downturn by 12 percent.
Europeans are also much more inclined to recognize that climate change is caused entirely, mainly or in part by human activities, with 86 percent of the respondents holding that belief, while only 8 percent thought that climate change was mainly or entirely caused by natural processes; in the United States, about 32-36 percent hold this view. Continue reading “Global warming: Europeans see serious coastal threats”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Since it’s the weekend, it’s time for another travel edition of the daily photoblog, starting with the colorful flower stand in Amsterdam to brighten what could be another gray and dreary day in the high country of Colorado. More pics after the break … Continue reading “Morning photo: Benelux”→