Del Mar CA demonstrates the idiocy of “managed retreat” from sea level

Guest “I couldn’t make this sort of schist up, if I tried” by David Middleton California is feuding with this SoCal city over ‘planned retreat’ from sea level rise By PHIL DIEHLOCT. 6, 2019 10:19 AM DEL MAR, Calif. —  Del Mar is gearing up for a tussle with the California Coastal Commission over the best way to adapt…

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Tarawa! And the War Against Sea Level Rise

Guest by metaphor mixing by David Middleton Right after geology & geophysics, my favorite hobby is military history, particularly that of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The constant whining about Kiribati being washed away by carbon-fueled sea level rise inspired me to employ geology and military history in a combined offensive against the sea…

Public Radio: Things Ill-Considered

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Public Radio is the United States’ sort-of-analog of the United Kingdom’s BBC.  While there is a National Public Radio,  the various stations in the network are independently owned, usually by public bodies like universities — and subscribe to content from NPR and other content producers such as American Public…

Historical European Sea Level Records

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   I have been working on another sea level related essay and in the process stumbled upon a paper published in 1990 by the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL).  The title is: “On The Availability Of  European Mean Sea Level Data  by P.L. Woodworth, N.E. Spencer and G.…

Apocalyptic Sea-Level Rise—Just a Thing of the Past?

From the Cornwall Alliance Gregory J. Rummo On February 2, 1978—41 years ago!—The Wall Street Journal warned in a headline that “Low-Lying Lands Could Be Submerged by Climatic Disaster.” Fears of apocalyptic sea-level rise are nothing new despite the fact that they seem to have recently taken on a new life of their own, especially…

California Dreaming and Erosion “Crises”

guest post by Jim Steele published in the Pacific Tribune July 24th What’s Natural? California’s spectacular coastline attracts tourists from around the world. Headlands of granite or basalt resist erosion, defiantly jutting out into the sea. Pocket beaches form where focused wave energy bites into softer sandstones and uncemented stream sediments. Relentless waves undermine and…