L. A. Time’s sea level rise anti-science climate alarmist propaganda campaign

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin

The Los Angeles Times latest anti-science sea level rise propaganda campaign articles claims are devoid of any scientific data addressing the record of actual California coastal measurements of sea level rise outcomes which remain at unchanging and steady rates of only about 3 to 9 inches per century with no acceleration impacts present.

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Actual NOAA measured California coastal sea level rise data through year 2018 is shown for the states coastal sites having between 70 to 120 years of recorded data.

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The latest Times propaganda article notes the following as the basis for its exaggerated coastal sea level rise claims.

“But lines in the sand are meant to shift. In the last 100 years, the sea rose less than 9 inches in California. By the end of this century, the surge could be greater than 9 feet.”

This ridiculous and data unsupported assertion was addressed in a prior WUWT article with the following graphic (provided through courtesy of Willis Eschenbach) showing the absurdity of Times “computer model” driven coastal sea level rise climate alarmist hype.

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This “big lie” climate alarmist propagandist focused Times article relies on nothing but pure speculation and conjecture based on “computer models” which have a proven 30 year long track record of flawed and failed highly exaggerated coastal sea level rise errors as was also addressed in a prior WUWT article.

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Climate alarmists and their media shills desperately try to ignore and conceal this totally flawed prior three decades of failure in completely blowing projections of coastal sea level rise outcomes.

These failed alarmists then proceed to simply move the goal posts yet again and make the same flawed “computer model” claims for the next 30 year and longer intervals and expect everyone to forget their prior failures at bungling assessments of non existent coastal sea level rise acceleration and steady unchanging rates of sea level rise measured outcomes.

The Times scientifically unsupported and flawed “computer model” driven coastal sea level rise claims of future “9 foot” increases are ludicrous given the unassailable fact that NOAA tide gauge data for California coastal locations some of which with measurement records of over 100 years show no sea level rise acceleration has occurred with rates of sea level rise remaining steady and unchanging. These results have occurred despite more than 30 years having passed since climate alarmist first made accelerating sea level rise flawed assertions in alarmism hyped Congressional hearings in 1988.

The actual tide gauge data measurements showing increased sea level rise at California coastal locations remaining between 3 to 9 inches per century with no acceleration displayed make a mockery of the ridiculous hyped Times article assertion of “9 feet” of increased sea level rise during the next century which is based on use of flawed and failed “computer model” speculation and conjecture.

The Times has become nothing but a purely politically driven propaganda publication which provides no objectivity whatsoever in its climate articles but instead is lost in a scientifically unsupported make believe climate alarmist world devoid of connection to scientific reality – especially regarding use of actual data versus the Times continual use of flawed and exaggerated “computer model” speculation and conjecture.

This latest Los Angeles Times article is basically an expansion and repeat of an article published in its March 13, 2019 edition by the same reporter that was addressed in a prior WUWT essay. Both the prior L. A. Times article and WUWT essay are noted below.

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The latest Times article mentions a $1.8 million dollar change being made to a sea wall on Balboa Island and falsely implies that this change is based on future sea level rise concerns.

In fact the wall in question is being raised 9 inches above its present height (versus the articles idiotic 9 foot future sea level rise claim) based on new FEMA flood assessments that reflect revised analysis of the impacts of distant swells, local storm waves, tidal variations and El Nino events not future sea level rise concerns.

Nothing has changed regarding California coastal sea level rise data or the flawed and failed “computer model” hyped outcomes since the Times prior article. This latest Times sea level rise hype article which is basically just a repeat of its prior alarmist article is nothing but a reflection of how desperate the Times has become to push scientifically unsupported climate alarmism propaganda schemes.

106 thoughts on “L. A. Time’s sea level rise anti-science climate alarmist propaganda campaign

  1. On the bright side, A 9″ seawall height increase will ensure that they are protected from future sea level rise until 2100

  2. The advocacy ideas for new tax revenue in California are not linear like sea level measures. That explains the nonlinear scare formula.

    The Jerry Brown Award for distorting science for policy gain goes to…..

    • The reason the LA Times is now so un-scientific is because it has become the regional propaganda-PR outlet for the California Democratic Party. The Democratic Party is the Anti-science Party without any question.

      The political imperative is: Keeping the mostly scientifically illiterate middle class of California sufficiently alarmed so the Democrats can pry loose more money out of them. More money in direct taxes and “carbon” taxes to pay for the Democrat’s ever-larger bureaucratic welfare state and hungry public unions, more money in hidden electric bill fees and electricity rates increases that feed Tom Steyer’s and the GreenSlime’s investments.

        • In fact they haven’t been in favor of democracy in years. They want judges and bureaucrats to rule over all of us.

        • Leftists have been against democracy for years. Their ideal world would have judges and bureaucrats in charge of everything.

        • Democrat party?
          No, that is not what they call themselves.
          Look at their website, any literature, and reference material at all.
          They are called the Democratic Party.
          Love it or hate it, it is their name, they get to decide.

      • Joel O’Bryan
        I believe you have a few words out of order in the political imperative.
        It should read: Keeping the middle class of California mostly scientifically illiterate and sufficiently alarmed so the Democrats can pry more money out of them.

      • ‘that feed Tom Steyer’s and the GreenSlime’s investments.’

        That would be ‘presidential candidate’ Tom Steyer.

        • even more hilarious.

          Apparently Stinky became frustrated that Washington Gov Jay Inslee was doing poorly in the polling after having sunk a lot of money into his campaign and a lack luster “debate” performance.
          Inslee is the only one of the 22 Democrats whose entire campaign is based on Climate Alarmism/Climate Action. Now Steyer.

          What will be hilarious to watch is if Bernie and Billioniare Stinky end up facing each other on a debate stage.

          • I’m thinking of Thanos again – one of the ‘Easter egg’ bits after the credits of one of the early Marvel movies (before I stopped watching), after one of his lackeys failed to get him one of the Infinity gems – ‘Okay, I’ll do it myself.’

            A little off-topic, but the irony of that entire series is that, in the original story, the universe was saved by a blond, orange-skinned outside, who no one really trusted, who wrested ultimate power from an ideological tyrant and a pirate queen.

            Yeah, Disney got rid of that part.

      • Joel, this is truly disturbing “the LA Times is now so un-scientific” in that the paper was rescued from imminent oblivion by Dr. Patrick Soon-shiong, the richest man in LA whose fortunes were made through his extraordinary inventions as a cancer surgeon. This man claimed he would restore the standards of journalism to the LAT because he loved newspapers (having delivered papers as a child in South Africa) and wanted to let us all continue to hold and read ‘the paper’ well into the future. In the year or so that he has owned and published LAT, there is no evidence of a restoration of journalism and certainly no sign that critical scientific thought is being exercised at all in the El Segundo offices.

      • Out of an abundance of caution all tourists should stay away from coastal California, despite the CA ad spending to the contrary.

  3. The Times scientifically unsupported and flawed “computer model” driven coastal sea level rise claims of future “9 foot” increases

    There’s no getting around the fact that computer models which purport to predict the future of a chaotic system for extended lengths of time are, by the scientific method, unverified hypotheses.

    Newspapers and politicians which ritually chant ‘science’ in connection with them are no better than witch doctors or cargo cultists.

    • The climate models are largely the same models of radiative transfer physics of 30 years ago, albeit with ever higher spatial and temporal resolution resolution. The atmosphere-ocean coupling in them and the macro- to micro-physics of water phase changes are still just unconstrained hand-waving parameterization as they were 30 years ago.

      And those models have already failed to project the limited warming of the last 20 years. So they are not “unverified hypotheses.” They are manifestations of already-proven “failed hypotheses.”

      The fact that they model ever on-wards with the same basic wrong physics implementations clearly demonstrates today’s climate modelling community are a very real-world implementation of Feynman’s Cargo Cult Science analogy.

      • Please read Dr. Christy’s recent GWPF presentation. I agree that WUWT should run a new posting on it.

  4. Vertical land movement MUST be taken into account.

    Absolute sea level rise (mm/year) (RSLR plus VLM), using relative sea level rise (RSLR) values from NOAA (https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/) and VLM values.
    Location RSLR VLM ASLR
    Seattle, WA +2.05 -1.10 +0.95
    San Francisco, CA +1.96 -1.44 +0.52
    San Diego, CA +2.17 -3.00 – 0.29
    Galveston, TX +6.49 -4.70 +1.79
    Grand Isle, LA +9.08 -7.10 +1.98
    St Petersburg, FL +2.75 -0.50 +2.25
    Providence, RI +2.27 -0.63 +1.64
    New York City, NY +2.84 -1.32 +1.52
    Baltimore, MD +3.15 -1.39 +1.76

    • Don’t forget tectonic plate movement of a few inches per year.
      Eventually, LA will be west of San Francisco.

      • Unlikely that that hackneyed scenario, of LA being west of SF, will ever occur.
        It is thought that within a few millions of years, the locus of relative plate motion will shift Eastward to the line roughly delineated by Death Valley, Owens Valley, and the Nevada/California border.
        This is because the subducted spreading center that is the northern extension of the East Pacific rise will continue to push further under the NA plate and to the east of the coast.

      • Just as a point of information:
        The plates mentioned by Walt D. are on the surface of a sphere. Linear trends ought not be followed into an uncertain future.
        Note the 120° kink in the Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain.

        • Another possible reason for the shift, or at least a contributing factor, and one that prevents a clean northward movement of the crustal segment that LA is riding on, is the bend in the San Andreas just east and north of LA.
          This locks the fault over that segment for a century or two at a time.
          It seems a likely spot, or one of them anyway, for the next “big one”.
          Not “kind of big, big one”, but “really big and very bad, big one”.
          I know a lot of people are gonna be sorry that are in the middle of that mess when it happens.

    • PSMSL.org gives both sea level gauge data and GPS land elevation data so you can make your own adjustments, as donb has. NOAA provides only the sea level data – the same data as PSMSL – so you can’t. Could there be a reason or is NOAA just lazy?

  5. Larry Hamlin

    Great post, but work needed on your editing…
    I would help, but my comments take 5 to 6 hours to post…( I am still in the “doggy house” !) lol

  6. Given the standard dimensions of concrete block, is this “just another brick in the wall”?

    • They don’t got no education
      They don’t got no Thought Control
      They got sarcasm in the classroom
      Teachers, they can be so droll

  7. They should worry about the sudden sea level rise that will result from the tsunami generated by the Big One: 10 meters of SLR in 5 minutes, not the imaginary SLR acceleration for Climate Porn fantasies.
    The immediate plate subsidence of >M9 quake on the Cascadia Fault would bring a semi-permanent 1-4 meters of SLR for hundreds of miles.
    The San Andreas fault through San Francisco is capable of up to M8.0 quake as was seen in the 1906 M7.9 shaker.
    Semi-permanent SLR that is for a few several hundreds of years until slowly building locked-plate stress uplifts and re-raises the landward shorelines as they now have, waiting to be released in a 2-3 minute long ~ M8.0 urban renewable program.

    • Actually the Big One in CA can’t and won’t cause sea level rise (or land level fall) in California south of Ferndale (where the San Andreas goes out to sea). The San Andreas is a strike slip fault not a seduction zone fault. From Ferndale northwards to Vancouver Island, when the Big One hits there will be a “sea level rise” big time.

      • “not a seduction zone fault”?

        Auto-correct, I presume…

        When I was in college, the geology majors had T-shirts that said: “Legalize Subduction!”

  8. You know what, the alarmists are right. Sea levels will rise by 9′, much quicker than we expect as well. In fact, there’s only just enough time left to sell beachfront properties before they are swamped.

    I know some really gullible sceptics over on WUWT who will probably give you, say, 5 cents on the dollar of the original purchase price. I mean, at least you escape with your shirt and those guys get stuck with properties that will be under water in a year or two. Tell you what, I’ll even help you out by offering the same just cos I feel sorry for you.

    You can thank me later for at least saving you some money. Close call though.

  9. I have been visiting some of the same coastal sites in the Pacific north west (Birch Bay, Wa & White Rock, BC) for going on 60 years now, and have been looking at the same fixed bench marks in some bed rock all these years and I can’t truthfully say that I can even recognize the 4″- 5″ of seal level rise that has been reported to already have happened. It hasn’t affected anything yet that I am aware of. And that includes coastal California where I have driven and bicycled the coast highway #101 from San Diego to Vancouver many times over the years.

    I have also been visiting coastal sites in Central America and SE Asia for many years and having talked to many local fisher folk, they report the exact same thing. Except for one spot in Bohol, Philippines where the sea level dropped about 36″, but that happened in less than a few minutes in the 2014 earthquake when much of the local coastal island uplifted and the shallow coral sea floor rose out of the ocean creating thousands of acres of new beach. That would be terrifying to be in water waist deep one minute and the next you are dry ground while the ground is rocking back and forth and rising out of the sea.

    SLR, or acceleration isn’t a concern anywhere I have been around the world, although I realize that several coastal area’s are sinking which may be caused by pumping out deep fresh water wells or river delta subsidence, or even local tectonics. Hudson Bay and Iceland for example is having significant sea level decrease but that is happening for other reasons, such as isostatic rebound, or gravitational shifts due to the melting Greenland Ice Cap and the changing local geoid gravitational field on the ocean level itself. Normal sea level rise or decrease surely isn’t any immediate threat to mankind, and when it is, we will be able to defend our populated coastal lands for centuries to come. In other places we can adapt, which is what we have done since the oceans globally rose 400+ feet just in the last 10,000-20,000 years.
    http://sciencenordic.com/mind-bending-physics-scandinavian-sea-level-change

    • “Except for one spot in Bohol, Philippines where the sea level dropped about 36″, but that happened in less than a few minutes in the 2014 earthquake when much of the local coastal island uplifted and the shallow coral sea floor rose out of the ocean creating thousands of acres of new beach. That would be terrifying to be in water waist deep one minute and the next you are dry ground while the ground is rocking back and forth and rising out of the sea.”

      I’d pay real money to experience that, as long as there was no immediately following 10 meter tsunami.

      • I had the same reaction. I’d have given a lot (short of being washed away by tsunami inundation) to experience a sea bed lifting event like that…with high set videos.

    • I have looked carefully at every historical coastline photo I have been able to find.
      At towns, and roads, and specific buildings on beach front properties.
      I have yet to see one single instance where the sea is higher, by any amount, no matter how slight or even vaguely discernable.
      Not one.
      Not a single place, anywhere, ever.
      There are lots of photos that are well over 100 years old from all over the US and the world.
      Topographic maps.
      Navigational charts.
      One exception is, there are places where many hundreds to thousands of years ago, a town or building or some other landmark was known to have been on the coast, but is now well inland.
      Another class of exceptions are places where tectonic activity has changed sea level.
      And still a third related to changes due to erosion or ground water pumping.
      But over the past 100-150 years, no.
      Nothing.
      Nada.
      And there are a lot of such old photos.

  10. Boston globe
    They are worried about the aquarium flooding
    When I notified the author of story that the aquarium site is on filled sea marsh and the site has always flooded
    His reply
    I am seeing this in my life time now
    My reply key words
    My lifetime
    I suggested he lookup how often this site floods
    About once a year for past 100 years
    Salem ma mayor wanted to paint a blue line on public buildings to show how high sea level will be
    Then granted building permits to allow construction in a flood zone
    Hum

  11. LA Times alarmism focused on my town of Pacifica.

    But 2017 paper from Scripps researchers concluding that “storm surge and associated tracks have generally not changed appreciably since 1948”.

    http://horizon.ucsd.edu/miller/download/Storm_surge/Storm_surge.pd

    Furthemore from 1992 to 2009 Sea level along the west coast of North and South America has fallen despite subsidence at most sea level gauge sites.

    http://cdn.antarcticglaciers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/figure-6.png

    Whole paper read at ftp://128.171.151.230/coastal/Climate%20Articles/Sea%20level%20review%20Science%202010.pdf

    For over a century the rate of sea level rise has been just less than 2 millimeters a years at the SF tide gauge. If you plot the data from 1980 to 2010 you will no sea level rise trend at SF for more than 30 years. Just the opposite of what the media claims to be happening.

    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yWNo8aWUQP0/XGR-OxVNIyI/AAAAAAAAAq8/E_EDhh46RtgkkNKnmSVTreJOb_TdZ1R2wCEwYBhgL/s640/San%2BFrancisco%2BSea%2BLEvel%2B1980-2014%2BRAnge.png

  12. start reading the tide gauges in Oregon and work south….
    sea level rise gradually decreases until you get to Crescent City where sea level is falling

    • Latitude

      “start reading the tide gauges in Oregon and work south….
      sea level rise gradually decreases until you get to Crescent City”

      Wow! And why don’t you tell anything about starting in Tijuana and moving up to North Spit?
      🙂

      J.-P. D.

  13. Speaking of ‘propaganda campaign’ one of the movers and shakers just entered the presidential race – a guy who I’ve been actually waiting to step in, and that is Tom Steyer – one of the money interests behind Oregon’s recent close squeak with cap and trade.

  14. Nine feet to 2100 in California would require that about one third of the Greenland Ice Sheet plus one quarter of the West Antarctic ice-sheet will melt in 80 years.

  15. Wake me up when FEMA changes their flood zone maps that will wipe-out $50T in property values. Hint: (to the LA Times) … Not. Gonna. Happen. … EVER!

  16. Sea level is probably the biggest scare the Climate Lobby has, and most posts on this forum focus on temperature. The sea level scam really needs some ink. A daily search on “sea level” in the news usually turns up exaggerated claims most days. Here’s one from earlier this morning:

    Instability in Antarctic ice projected to make sea level rise rapidly

    They want us to believe that:

    Warm Circumpolar Deep Water flows in under the sea ice, under the icebergs, under the ice shelf and melts the ice sheet at the grounding line. Then as cold surface water it flows out of the sub-ice shelf cavity where it forms sea ice.

    Pretty convoluted if you ask me. If you follow the link, see the illustration.

  17. Alarmists and LA Times lying liars just have to lie. Until they feel negative consequences for their lies they will continue to lie. Any chance of a BBC-type lawsuit?

  18. The report and model they base these claims on, while flawed, really isn’t the source of the problem. LA Times cherry picked the worst findings they could use. Read the report hot linked in “By the end of this century, the surge could be greater than 9 feet.” You will find on page 31 the projected 9 feet rise at San Francisco corresponds to RCP8.5 in the year 2100 and has a probability of 0.2%. All of the other scenarios for 2100 and 9 feet are 0.1%, the lowest figure they use anywhere, implying practically zero.
    So technically, that number is in the report. But it is more than a little dishonest to present it without any qualifiers or caveats. Definitely not journalism.

    • The most dishonest part is that the headline states it as a disaster that is occurring, while way down buried in the text it is revealed that nothing has actually changed yet, and what they said was happening is a fantasy.
      So it is clearly a lie.
      The headline is a lie.

  19. “This latest Times sea level rise hype article which is basically just a repeat of its prior alarmist article is nothing but a reflection of how desperate the Times has become to push scientifically unsupported climate alarmism propaganda schemes.”

    I agree! This irresponsible action by the press is a scandal.

    This reminds me an article published a few days ago in Le Figaro concerning 3 people who died in a Spanish winery because a tank they cleaned suddenly filled with CO2, so they suffocated.

    But the journalist wrote that they were poisoned!

    Due to CO2! Jesus.

  20. 70 years living on the SoCal coast at the beach and I can’t tell a difference in ocean height. Balboa ‘Island’, Sunset Beach, and more have been flooding at king tides all that time and still do. Beach erosion and buildup (courtesy of groins) still occurring. Rocks I climbed on as a kid still have the same special holes to explore at low tide. As already stated, LA Times is a Progressive propaganda outlet and nothing more and have openly stated they will not print anything not complimentary to the CC alarmist narrative. Judging by the prices of housing on the waterfront in California not many people believe the propaganda.

  21. Every time any of these terrorists publish these scare lies they should be hauled to court. Put an end to the coddling. Any other type of demonstrable deliberate terror inciting lie would be prosecutable. This is no different than shouting FIRE in a theater.

  22. We all must stop talking about tide gauge data showing a slow steady rise for the past century or more and no acceleration to this day. If NOAA or, even worse, NASA find out about it, both will do thorough, independent, very expensive. taxpayer funded sciency studies and conclude that gauge measurements since 1970 have all been too low and they will “adjust” them upwards. Think not? They have both done it to temperature records.

  23. How’s this for SLR:
    “However, much of southern California is barely above sea level, and scientists have discovered that past earthquakes have caused the ground in the region to sink by as much as three feet. If such an earthquake happened today, vast stretches of southern California could suddenly go underwater as the Pacific Ocean came pouring in.

    So instead of talking about southern California “going into the ocean”, perhaps it would be more accurate for us to talk about “the Pacific Ocean going into southern California”.

    Cal State Fullerton professor Matt Kirby was one of the lead researchers on the groundbreaking study that alerted all of us to this possibility, and he says that if a large enough earthquake happened today “you would see seawater rushing in”…

    ‘It´s something that would happen relatively instantaneously,’ Kirby said.

    ‘Probably today if it happened, you would see seawater rushing in.’”

  24. Interesting how the last few strong El Nino’s are represented on the sea level rise graphs as higher rates of rise. They are listed here https://ggweather.com/enso/oni.htm . I guess it should be a surprise to most readers here who know that sea level rise follows global warming and not CO2 levels.

  25. Last year a similar story was printed in a local newspaper so I challenged the reporter about it. What I got back was “NOAA says it’s so!” Idiot reporters. No ability to understand or smell a rat.

  26. That graph looks just like the Hocky stick one of many years ago.

    Re. the newspaper business, they make money on the adverts, so is the scary reporting bringing in the advertising money or not. ?

    Re. sea levels and beach front property. As all the indications are that it is far more likely to cool rather that warm, the sea cooling will shrink. Seems a good time to buy them up if the price is right.

    MJE VK5ELL

  27. ““But lines in the sand are meant to shift. In the last 100 years, the sea rose less than 9 inches in California. By the end of this century, the surge could be greater than 9 feet.”

    And some 😡 people live in hope that this will happen! 😈

  28. Jim Steele

    “If you plot the data from 1980 to 2010 you will no sea level rise trend at SF for more than 30 years.”

    Of course, Mr Steele. But your SF is one of 1573 PMSL tide gauges in the grand total since measurement begin.

    Here is a list of computed linear trends out of the entire PMSL data set (only gauges with a lifetime equal to or exceeding 50 years were selected):

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MgguUuWLbJeUbVKjc3Fm8YkmXY70ZnW_/view

    All trends were computed over each station’s entire lifetime. I’ll generate a list comparing all stations over a common part of say 30 years when I have some idle time.

    • The focus was on the SF tide gauge because the LA Times focused on nearby Pacifica causing many local Pacifica’s to believe in a catastrophe. The other “1573 PMSL tide gauges” are not relevant to the LA Times ranting the California coast is eroding due to sea level. Besides many of those tide gauges are short term

      Furthemore, satellite data shows from 1992 to 2009 Sea level along the west coast of North and South America has fallen despite subsidence at most sea level gauge sites.

      http://cdn.antarcticglaciers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/figure-6.png

      • Jim Steele

        1. “Besides many of those tide gauges are short term”
        That was the reason why I selected over 360 with a lifetime over 50 y.

        2. “Furthemore, satellite data shows from 1992 to 2009 ”
        And what does it show for 2010-2019?

        3. “http://cdn.antarcticglaciers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/figure-6.png”
        Not found in the paper you provided a link to in your previous comment:

        Sea-Level Rise and Its Impact on Coastal Zones
        Robert J. Nicholls and Anny Cazenave

        *
        Sea level – regardless wether rising or not – is not a matter we can cherry-pick spatially or temporally just like we want to prove or disprove something.

        Only a global consideration allows for example to compare gauge and satellite data within their common period:

        https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NUueHTTWSteZoZdolMUrZTTe5ohByhO6/view

        I understand your will to concentrate on the LA Times nonsense, but…

  29. Like fusion power, the big increase in sea level rise, is always a couple years in the future.

  30. Sydney Harbour (Australia) is connected to the Pacific ocean and it’s siting and geology enables accurate sea level measurements. Levels in the last 100 years varying between about 1.00m to 1.10m. In 1914 it was 1.11m and in 2019 1.05m.
    Nothing much is changing.

  31. Oceans that contain floating ice are at a higher level than when that ice melts. Because ice is less dense than liquid water, causesing ice to float. Upon melting – ice shrinks, occupying less space. Therefore water level drops. Both polar ice caps are floating upon water. As melting occurs, the supporting water actually drops in level. Ice bergs do not raise water levels when melting. That is simple physics. The global-warmers-climate-changers have completely ignored this simple basic fundamental scientific fact. And the politicians are not about to give up on the source of new found revenue known as carbon tax. The dispensers of climate hysterics are now members of the newest Cult, predicting the end of the world.

    • That’s not the argument they use, 2001 wants it’s “facts back” the theory is land based ice will flow at an increased rate into the sea because the sea based ice acts as a dam, hence the panic over Greenland ice caps rather than antarctic ones and why the Arctic disappearing at varying rates has no effect whatsoever, except with regard to Greenland. I’m sure I used to worry about this stuff, but the sea level thing became the boy who cried wolf. Anyway I suppose land based ice could cause sea level rise, but everyone with a basic science education knows the sea ice itself makes no difference due to the relative density difference of ice and water, including alarmist.

    • Also the antarctic ice cap isn’t floating on water, it has land underneath it and is built up with snow.

    • Yeah, ice is less dense than water, but part of it sticks up above the surface.
      In the same proportion by which the density differs from the water it is floating in.
      This is called buoyancy.
      Simple physics.
      But it is not as simple as that.
      Sea water is salty, and sea ice, unless it is newly frozen, is mostly fresh water. The older it is, the fresher it gets, as the salt is excluded over time.
      But unless it is glacial ice from land, it is frozen sea water anyway, a sizable percentage of which melts in Summer and refreezes in Winter.
      But when sea ice which is not salty melts, it results in water which is less dense than the water of the ocean.
      The sea will rise.
      But this amount is tiny, and if the total amount of sea ice in the world ocean is relatively constant from year to year (so far it is, although it varies quite a bit during each year, and from pole to pole, by the same time of year from one year to the next, the difference is slight), there is no effect.
      Now, grounded sea ice is a different matter entirely, and much of it is grounded.
      The bottom line is, is all the sea ice in the world melted and stayed melted, sea level would rise a small amount.
      A few centimeters I think is the amount.
      But that is not going to happen, ever.
      Each pole is dark for half the year, no solar energy input, and very low Sun angle for much of the rest of the year. Humidity is generally quite low.
      It gets very cold.
      But Thaddeus, sorry to have to contradict you, but you got your simple physics wrong in multiple ways.
      Ice sticks up above the water, and if the water is a fresh water lake, and the ice is all floating, there is zero change in the water level when ice melts.
      When the surface of the ocean freezes, salt is excluded, and the ice is not as salty as the ocean it froze out of. Over time it becomes almost salt free. This lowers sea level.
      When the ice melts, it rises back to where it was.
      A tiny amount considering the relative volumes and surface areas involved.
      Best to get the facts straight when attempting to get the facts straight.
      There is very little that is simple as it seems.

    • “Both polar ice caps are floating upon water.”

      One other error, Thad. The South polar ice cap is on top of a continent called Antarctica.

  32. What would happen if you deleted the last 30 years of sealevel data (or temps) and fed that data into the computer programs to predict the “next”, i.e the most recent, three decades.

  33. I grew up in northern VA, but visited my Grandmother on my Mom’s side quite often, from early childhood, all the way to her death at 104 about 10 years ago. She lived in Capitola, CA, a quaint town on the coast south of San Jose, Next to Santa Cruz, at the north end of Monterey Bay.

    We would always visit the beach. Over the last 50 years (I just visited there few years ago when on an IT project), the cliffs are still there, including one house that hangs right on the edge. The pier is still there, the tidepool is still there. The ocean hasn’t overcome anything.

    But it seems like people see what they think they should see. I just don’t get it.

  34. One of the other great fallacies of this article (actually an entire separate section of the paper) is to imply that all coastal erosion is caused by sea level rise. Of course, the very presence of coastal bluffs is proof that coastal erosion has been going on for a very long time, as they are created by this erosion.

    Of course, the bluffs are still vulnerable to this erosion, sea level rise or not.

    • Northern California beaches can vary quite a lot year to year, or season to season. Bonny Doon, north of Santa Cruz, could vary about 50% year to year, in no particular pattern.

  35. ”We have to mitigate the effects of climate change and sea level rise and increasing storm surges by building a higher sea wall”…..seems to be the catch-cry of every coastal community at the moment – including where I live. The local council says we expect a rise of 8cm by 2030 and 39cm by 2070. That’s over 7mm/year! Where they pull this garbage out of is a mystery but no one seems to be questioning it. It was front page news in Sunday’s paper…”Race against the Tide”
    Here’s another Morner video that found me yesterday.

    • Probably the best thing we can say is that, this time a lot more people are paying attention, much is being written in blogs, social media, news websites, political committees around the world…
      So in ten years when nothing has changed except for some small and unknowable amount of SLR or fall, and some GMAT rise or fall, I would have to think it will be harder to wriggle away from.
      Prices for a lot of stuff for a lot of people have escalated by a large amount, and at some points some voters might actually notice they have been fleeced.
      And if the GMAT should happen to fall by half a degree or more at any time over the next ten years, then there will not only be no warming but actually cooling over the whole period of alarmism.
      If that happens and the liars are still lying and taking people’s money based on these lies, I think the liars will be putting themselves in grave danger.
      What can billions of people do when they suddenly realize they have been lied to and robbed and many killed?
      I would not want to be on the liars end of finding out the answer to that question.

    • But Twould be far better to plan for 39cm by 2070 and only realize 9cm than it would be to plan for 9cm and receive 39cm

  36. “By the end of this century, the surge could be greater than 9 feet.”

    The LA Times is lying.

    Surge: noun. 1. a sudden powerful forward or upward movement, especially by a crowd or by a natural force such as the waves or tide.

    There is nothing sudden about 81 years. The use of the word ‘surge’ is a lie.

  37. I live in the Pearl Islands of Panama, and our island has a number of fish traps that were built by the pre-Colombian Indians to trap fish at low tide. They still trap fish at low tide, now some 500 years later (at the least) from when they were built. There is no evidence that I can see that sea levels are any higher now than they were 500 years ago.

  38. The only time that we have documented an exponential rise in sea level similar to what is shown in the 9th illustration is when the northern hemisphere was covered in thick ice. The end of the glaciation resulted in an abrupt increase in sea level. However, for about the last 8,000 years, the trend has been approximately linear. What ice is left to melt is not located in the mid-latitudes. It is therefore improbable that another melt-water event similar to 20,000 years ago happen. It is all speculation intended to scare those who don’t know any better. What is presented is offered up as science, but is really political propaganda with little or no supporting evidence.

  39. “The [LA] Times has become nothing but a purely politically driven propaganda publication”

    Ditto for the Seattle Times. And the NY Times. etc.

  40. I provided the following summary comment at the Los Angeles Times website for this article:

    “The Los Angeles Times latest anti-science sea level rise propaganda campaign articles claims are devoid of any scientific data addressing the record of actual California coastal measurements of sea level rise outcomes which remain at unchanging and steady rates of only about 3 to 9 inches per century with no acceleration impacts present.

    Actual NOAA measured California coastal sea level rise data through year 2018 confirms these rates of coastal sea level rise for the states coastal sites with many locations having between 70 to 120 years of recorded data.

    The latest Times propaganda article notes the following as the basis for its exaggerated coastal sea level rise claims.

    “But lines in the sand are meant to shift. In the last 100 years, the sea rose less than 9 inches in California. By the end of this century, the surge could be greater than 9 feet.”

    This ridiculous and data unsupported assertion was addressed in a prior WUWT article showing the absurdity of Times “computer model” driven coastal sea level rise climate alarmist hype.

    This “big lie” climate alarmist propagandist focused Times article relies on nothing but pure speculation and conjecture based on “computer models” which have a proven 30 year long track record of flawed and failed highly exaggerated coastal sea level rise errors as was also addressed in a prior WUWT article.

    Nothing has changed regarding California coastal sea level rise data or the flawed and failed “computer model” hyped outcomes since the Times prior article. This latest Times sea level rise hype article which is basically just a repeat of its prior alarmist article is nothing but a reflection of how desperate the Times has become to push scientifically unsupported climate alarmism propaganda schemes.”

    The comment was deleted by the Times moderator.

  41. LA Times the modern day National Enquirer .
    Whole forests are wiped out to produce the LATimes .
    Given their preachy selective journalism you would think for the good
    of the planet they would do everyone a favor and stop printing .

  42. The California Coastal commission is requiring developers, who want to do any development on the coast, to assume the sea level will rise 6 feet based on global warming. ie; an easy way to stop most development, their real goal.

  43. At least this article is relevant. There are far to many items on this blog that are just giving oxygen to nutty “we are all doomed” brigade. And that, in my opinion dilutes the effect of WUWT.

  44. LA Times reporters don’t have time to drive on the beach and watch the real existing Sea level rise.

    Basketball they can have in the publishers building in the sports room and then there is a shower room at their disposal.

    Keep going!

  45. the mostly scientifically illiterate middle class of California

    can’t lose time with needless “science” – there’s enough of that people around.

    But that scientifically illiterate middle class of California is responsible for “culture” which is badly needed in that profane world!

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