Oceanographer and consultant John Englander is a leading expert on sea level rise and its societal and financial impacts.  He assists businesses and communities in understanding the risks as rising seas challenge us to adapt to a changing shoreline.  His book, High Tide on Main Street, clearly explains what this coming coastal crisis means to you. 

 

New Jersey - Recovery & Setting Stage For Bigger Disaster

"Back to the Jersey Shore" is an excellent article in New York Times yesterday by Ronda Kaysen. A year and a half after the disaster of Hurricane Sandy that devasted thousands of homes, communities are rapidly rebuilding, looking ahead to a good summer at the beach.

Alternate Energy Cheap Compared to Relocating Coastal Cities

One of the challenges raised about transitioning off of fossil fuels is the cost of giving up the relatively cheap energy of coal and similar sources. Of all the fossil fuels, coal is arguably the least expensive, most plentiful, and highest in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced with its dominant use in power plants.

It is a fair point to ask about the effect on our economy if we give up, or even diminish, the use of coal. But here is what the "skeptics" and business-as-usual crowd are missing:

New analysis: $17+ trillion exposed to rising seas by 2100

Climate Central is a nonprofit that develops clear explanations about climate change for mainstream media channels and for the public. They do an excellent job in my opinion. One of their areas of focus is rising sea level. A recent article "Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100" is noteworthy. 

"South Florida's Rising Seas" TV special w John Englander

A few days ago WPBT, one of the Miami Public Television Stations broadcast a special "South Florida's Rising Seas." The half hour program was done by Kate MacMillin and Juliet Pinto, two professors at Florida International University's (FIU) School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

45th Anniversary of Earthrise photo from Apollo 8

No photograph has ever stunned the world like this image 45 years ago today. It was the first photo of Earth from deep space. On December 24th, 1968. The Apollo 8 crew flew from the Earth to the Moon and back again. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were launched atop a Saturn V rocket on Dec. 21, circled the Moon ten times in their command module, and returned to Earth on Dec. 27.

As the Apollo 8 command module rounded the far side of the Moon on Dec. 24, the crew could look toward the lunar horizon and see the Earth appear to rise, due to their spacecraft's orbital path. Their famous picture of a distant blue

It's Time to Think 3 Feet for Sea Level Rise

We are asking the wrong question about rising sea level, usually stated as:  

'How high will sea level get by 2100?', or some other year. While it seems reasonable, it is the wrong focus. There is a better way to frame the question. First, let's review why we can't say exactly how high sea level will be at any specific year in the future:

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