Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, November 20th, 2015 - 98 comments
Categories: accountability, bill english, climate change, disaster, global warming, national, useless - Tags: climate change, Commissioner for the Environment, fucking useless, sea level, so called government
The global warning signs are now flashing bright red:
Record-crushing October keeps Earth on track for hottest year in 2015
It was Earth’s warmest October ever recorded and it wasn’t even close. The record-shattering month was right in step with most of the preceding months in 2015 — which is positioned to easily rank as the warmest year on record.
New data from the Japan Meteorological Agency and NASA show that the planet obliterated October records established just last year. October 2015 out-baked October 2014 by 0.34 degrees (0.19 Celsius) and 0.32 degrees (0.18 Celsius) in JMA and NASA’s analyses, respectively.
The seas will rise:
Scientists predict huge sea level rise even if we limit climate change
Even if world manages to limit global warming to 2C — the target number for current climate negotiations — sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters (20 ft) above their current heights, radically reshaping the world’s coastline and affecting millions in the process.
That finding comes from a new paper published on Thursday in Science that shows how high sea levels rose the last time carbon dioxide levels were this high.
Sea levels have already risen about eight inches (200mm) compared to pre-industrial times. That rise has helped boost the surge and flooding damage from storms such as Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan, and dramatically increased the occurrence of everyday flooding during high tide in cities from Baltimore to Honolulu.
The most recent projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicate that if emissions continue on their current trend, sea levels could continue to rise another 39 in by the end of this century.
By 2050, 26 major US cities will face an “emerging flooding crisis.” Globally, storm damage could cost cities from Hong Kong to Dhaka to New York trillions annually unless adaptation measures are taken. According to Climate Central estimates, 150 million or more people are currently living on land that will either be submerged or exposed to chronic flooding by 2100.
But sea level rise isn’t going to just turn off after 2100 and according to climate scientists, current greenhouse gases are baking much more than three feet of sea level rise into the system. …
Some people in NZ understand this:
Up to 9000 coastal homes in danger from rising sea levels
New Zealand needs to completely overhaul the way it is preparing for rising sea levels, the Government’s environmental watchdog says, as up to 9000 coastal homes sit precariously close to the high water mark.
A newly released report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright also says the Government needs to start preparing for the huge potential cost of rising oceans driven by climate change, which could lead to the “managed retreat” of coastal communities to higher ground.
“Continuing sea level rise is not something that might happen – it is already happening, will accelerate, and will continue for the indefinite future,” Dr Wright wrote in her report.
“Homes, businesses and infrastructure worth billions of dollars have been built on low-lying land close to the coast.
“Rising sea levels will have major impacts in many places. In time, coastal land will become uninhabitable.”
A total of 9000 homes were less than 50cm above spring high tides, Dr Wright’s report said. Thousands more were within a metre of this threshold. …
Some people in NZ don’t understand this at all – or pretend not to:
Bil English rejects call to budget for the costs of sea level rises
Finance Minister Bill English says the Government will not budget for the costs of rising sea levels, despite a call from Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright to plan for the cost.
But English said he would not be including sea level rise as a fiscal risk in the Budget “in a hurry”. He said Wright’s report was “pretty speculative” both on the level of sea level rise and the likely cost that would incur – and whether that would change any decisions.
English said the Government was not ignoring the report, but the Government was dealing with all sorts of risks all the time and this one was “a bit speculative” and others were more immediate and costly. …
Other risks may well be more immediate, but none will be more costly. The Nats are willfully, stupidly blind to the unfolding climate crisis, and they are going to leave all the risks and costs to future governments. Fucking typical.
New report shows that if all countries incr emissions like NZ, then 10,000s of NZ houses will be flooded by sea level rise. #ActionOnClimate
— Russel Norman (@RusselNorman) November 19, 2015
Govt always says it will cost too much to cut emissions. Actually the cost of not cutting emissions is 10,000s flooded houses and $billions
— Russel Norman (@RusselNorman) November 19, 2015
So Bill English still not really that convinced about the impacts of climate change. Really. He's really not.
— Jessica Williams (@mizjwilliams) November 19, 2015