LATimes cartoonist frets sea level change — current rate for Los Angeles is 3.25 inches PER CENTURY

For his column “Climate change deniers live in ignorant bliss as seas keep rising,” LATimes cartoonist David Horsey drew this cartoon:

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Here’s what sea-level rise looks like in Los Angeles, according to NOAA:

The mean sea level trend is 0.83 millimeters/year with a 95% confidence interval of +/- 0.27 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from  1923 to 2006 which is equivalent to a change of 0.27 feet in 100 years. [NOAA]
The mean sea level trend is 0.83 millimeters/year with a 95% confidence
interval of +/- 0.27 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from
1923 to 2006 which is equivalent to a change of 0.27 feet in 100 years. [NOAA]

That’s 3.25 inches per century.

8 thoughts on “LATimes cartoonist frets sea level change — current rate for Los Angeles is 3.25 inches PER CENTURY”

  1. What does this say about all the ‘so called’ scientists and their claims of metres of rise in the next 100 years – I guess it is easy because none of them will be here to take the heat when it so obviously will not happen.

  2. Horsey depicts “sea-level rise” as a fierce wave. I ask him for the date his hyperbolic wave will strike.

    He says, “sea levels could rise by more than 3 feet by the end of the 21st century.” Less than half-an-inch a year. It’s all BS, but even if true, it’s hardly a fierce wave. Grass grows faster.

  3. “In this case, that somebody is the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC), an international scientific team that issues periodic assessments of our planet’s shifting climate.”
    Mr. Horsey needs to review his propaganda. Even the IPCC does not claim to be an international scientific team. It’s a political panel (“political” is not a dirty word) that supposedly relies on science to make recommendations. Of course it doesn’t do that — it makes recommendations with no chance of changing events based on bad ideas and errors or lies — but it doesn’t claim it’s a team of scientists.
    As for the other commenters — you’re right also. Mr. Horsey is deeply alarmed about things that aren’t what he seems to think they are. His other cartoons indicate this is a persistent line of thought for him.

  4. When my neighbor keeps telling me we’re all going to die and insists that I not ignore him, he thinks that means I have to agree with him. I think not ignoring him means putting him in a rubber room. In terms of analogy, this would be the same exact thing. Except that the neighbor is at least eventually right.

  5. How do you measure sea level to the nearest 10 microns? AFAIK radar from LEO can only give a value within a few cm. That’s before even considering waves, tides and floating objects.

  6. Coach, your neighbor is probably right. I’m 90% certain that a consensus of at least 97.5% of scientist believe we are all going to die. However, that has nothing to do with climate change or sea level rise. The effects of those are a little less certain.

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