Finally a sign of realism in the daily press. The Miami Herald has a story on sea level rise, in which they take a meter’s rise as “conservative”, which strikes me as a modest estimate. I note the peculiar use of the word “conservative”; a truly conservative estimate would be a worst case, no, perhaps 3 meters?
The usual noise (blaming it on Al Gore, e.g.) appears in the reader comments. Lots of idiotic blithering about your inland house gaining value because it’s beachfront property. Ha. Ha.
Here’s a particularly interesting one:
This is crap. “Under a conservative three foot rise” . That is not very conservative is very catastrophic, no scientific evidence that it will ever happen. Where they did get this number, why not 4 ft or 2 ft. Whoever lives on the ocean right now, I will trade my house in Hialeah, and save them from the rising tides. Of course I will start working on the ark right away. Even if it is true there is nothing we can do to stop it, until we get the dialethean crystal from the Klingons to run our cars.
I think he (interestingly, I am sure it’s a male) means “dilithium”… Anyway, notice how it’s all about cars (a common misconception on all sides) and especially notice how our modern way of life is considered a force completely out of our control.