by William Teach | August 21, 2013 7:54 am
(UK Register) Global warming and climate change are usually thought to mean that world sea levels will rise, perhaps disastrously. But according to US government boffins, in recent times (2010 and 2011, to be precise) phenomena driven by human carbon emissions have actually caused world sea levels to fall.
The seas have, of course, been rising steadily as the climate has changed for thousands of years, ever since the end of the last ice age. During the 20th century, according to estimates mostly from erratic tide gauges, sea levels rose by around 1.7mm a year. Since the early 1990s, satellites have also been used to measure sea levels, and by contrast have suggested a steady unchanging rise of about 3mm annually – that is, until 2010.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the US National Science Foundation:
For an 18-month period beginning in 2010, the oceans mysteriously dropped by about seven millimeters.
And what do they blame this on? The Australian flooding, which like the drought that was supposed to go on forever because of Hotcoldwetdry, is blamed partly/mostly/solely on Mankind. The NSF several weather events came together to create the conditions for such heavy rains, which were then soaked up by the Aussie continent without heading right back to the seas. Because Australia is big. Really big.
(NSF) Fasullo believes there may have been a similar event in 1973-74, which was another time of record flooding.
But modern observing instruments did not exist then, making it impossible to determine what took place in the atmosphere and whether it affected sea level rise.
Wait, weren’t scientists and the media worried about a coming ice age at that time? Wasn’t that the consensus?
Essentially, natural forces will do what natural forces do, and all Mankind can do is adapt to it and deal with it.
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