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A Tiny Island Forecast for U.S. East Coast––Sea Levels Rising!!

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 16:10 PM
June 26, 2012

    News services and Global Warming watchers are releasing stories this week about record Sea Level Rises on the East Coast of the United States.  While the obvious cause is glacier melting from Global Warming, scientists do not know why this section of the world’s oceans is rising much faster than all others.

These reports are based on U.S. Geological Survey findings released this week.  As Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press writes: “From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster than they are around the globe, putting one of the world’s most costly coasts in danger of flooding.”

Likewise, AFP News insists:  “The sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average.  This increases the flood risk for one of the world’s most densely-populated coastal areas and threatens wetland habitats.”

In research just released in the ‘Journal Nature Climate Change,’ USGS scientists call the 600-mile area of our East Coast “a hot spot” for climbing sea levels that are “rising at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average since 1990.”

Using typical opaque scientific research language, that Journal states:  “Halting SLR [i.e. Sea Level Rising] within a few centuries is likely to be achieved only with the large-scale deployment of CO2 removal efforts, for example, combining large-scale bio-energy systems with carbon capture and storage.”

In other words to stop this fast coming ocean assault on America’s East Coast, the United States must do everything possible to Stop Global Warming Now [SGWN]!  And we must do it before it is too late!

To prove the destruction that rising sea levels can bring to major American cities, most media uses the remains of what  was once the Maryland town of Holland Island, now an almost totally eroded island in the Chesapeake Bay.

Originally settled in the 1600s, the Island was once home for watermen and farmers.  By 1910, it held some 360 residents, which made it––according to Wikipedia––the most inhabited island in the Bay.  It had farms, businesses, homes, a post office, a two-room school, a church, a doctor and a community center.

But that is all gone now.  In October, 2010, rising sea levels collapsed the last house––one built in 1888––on Holland Island.  Made of clay and silt, not rock, the island at half its original size, is now marsh and, at high tide, is underwater.

If it is too late to stop the Global Warming rush of Rising Sea Levels, we have one other choice:  Open those used Christian Bibles, and Cry Out to God for Help!  After all, the Bible says that “Whatsoever The LORD pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places (Psalms 135: 6).  So pray!!

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