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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rising temperatures worldwide could soon lead to rising tides in and around the Port City.

A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences says sea level is on the rise and unless we change the way we do things today there may not be a way to stop it.

If the computer models are correct, the Wilmington riverfront could by underwater as soon as 2030.

“The evidence is in our face,” said Mike Giles of the NC Coastal Federeation. “What we’re facing here in Wilmington is the loss of homes, business, tourism, infrastructure, and it’s going to cost taxpayers money if we don’t start planning ahead.”

The National Academy of Sciences says prior carbon emissions have already locked in four feet of future sea level rise. Researchers say if global warming continues at its current rate through the year 2100, at least an additional 1,100 cities and towns, including Wilmington, will be mostly under water at high tide.

“From all of the scientific evidence all over the world, all of the data, lands that I have walked on in Alaska friends of mine say is no longer frozen the tundra is now quagmire,” Giles said. “Our elected officials, their heads are going to be in the water instead of sand if we don’t start planning ahead.”

But one politician who wants your vote says the evidence presented was a bit shallow.

Republican David Rouzer is again running for Congress. As a state senator he sponsored a bill barring state agencies from using “worst-case scenario” projections of sea-level rise when drafting coastal development policies.

“You can’t try to project the level the sea is going to rise or fall 100 years from now,” Rouzer said. “You have scientists on both sides who don’t agree. Let’s put some common sense back into this equation. We need to base our public policy on what we do know, which is sound science, not hypothesis. The earth has warmed and cooled since the beginning of time.”

The study based its findings off of four feet of sea level rise for each degree rise in global temperature.

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2015 years 11 months ago

This represents the triumph of political science over geophysical science at the NAS. Author Ben Strauss is a fringe climate activist at the Tabloid Climatology site, Climate Central. What the actual data shows is that the rate of sea-level rise is miniscule (in some locations negative!), and the globally averaged rate hasn’t increased in over 80 years.

The GLOSS-LTT tide gauge at Wilmington has been measuring sea level continuously since 1935. Over it’s full history, the rate of sea level rise at Wilmington has averaged a glacially slow 2 mm/year (about 8 inches per century), and there’s been… Read more »

Mother Nature
2015 years 11 months ago

Rising sea levels is part of the master plan. But at least I gave man and animals the good sense to keep backing up as the water rises. When the sea level rises keep moving inland. Then when it recedes come back down. It is a pretty easy concept to understand. The ocean is dynamic and is always moving around. Go with the flow. Ain’t none of you smart folk stopped Mother Nature yet. You can keep on trying but in the end Mother Nature always has the last word. Ask… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

The key is in the opening… “If the computer models are correct.” So far the climate science computer models have been so wrong it’s as if they were manipulated to get a pre determined conclusion.

Sceptic- “Empirical data shows the models to be wrong.”
Climate scientist- “Never mind the data, it’s the model that matters.”

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a professor in a science class say “what does the data say?”
I don’t think I will be selling my house on Bradley creek just yet.

Thomas A. Martin
2015 years 11 months ago

They really shouldn’t be emphasizing the flooding of the coasts, as that goes against the UN’s Agenda 21, now happening in much of the US, that intends to move everyone out of the heartland and to the coasts. It won’t work if the coasts are underwater.

2015 years 11 months ago

he’ll want to build a wall along the river now.

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