Sat. Aug 24th, 2019

L. A. Occasions hypes coastal cliff erosion 9+ centuries into the long run at present sea degree rise charges

Visitor essay by Larry Hamlin

The L. A. Occasions takes despicable propaganda benefit of the current and tragic Encinitas bluff collapse to hype future bluff erosion impacts from 2 meter sea degree rise will increase that will actually take over 9+ centuries to happen at present NOAA tide gauge coastal sea degree rise measurement charges.

The Occasions article notes:

“The ocean is rising larger and quicker in California — a actuality extra officers at the moment are confronting. Simply final week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a invoice that amended the state’s Coastal Act to say that sea degree rise is now not a query however a truth.

“With sea degree rise, there’s little doubt that we’ll see extra cliff failures alongside the coast,” mentioned Patrick Barnard, analysis director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Local weather Impacts and Coastal Processes Crew.”

The “invoice” referred to within the Occasions article merely provides the phrases “sea degree rise” to the checklist of points to be thought of for coastal planning contained in Part 300006.5 of the Public Assets Code. 

The Occasions article grossly mischaracterizes and misrepresents the problem of coastal sea degree rise by claiming that this transformation means “that sea degree rise is now not a query however a truth.”

Both this Occasions reporter is extremely incompetent or she is being extremely devious and disingenuous in attempting to border the problem as being whether or not sea degree rise is happening on California coastal areas or not.

Because the diagram under clearly exhibits sea degree rise has been occurring because the finish of the final ice age some 20,000 years in the past with the final eight,000 years exhibiting low charges of improve.


The controversial sea degree rise concern associated to local weather science has all the time been whether or not coastal sea degree rise is accelerating not whether or not it’s occurring.

Nowhere does the Occasions reporter ever point out or handle the vital local weather science concern of sea degree rise acceleration.

There are two very long time interval NOAA tide gauge measurement stations positioned close to the area of the bluff collapse. These stations are positioned at San Diego and La Jolla.

These NOAA tide gauge measurement stations have knowledge recorded durations of 112 years from 1906 via 2018. Neither of those stations exhibits any acceleration of coastal sea degree rise throughout these measurement durations.

The charges of coastal sea degree rise at these places are a constant eight.5 to eight.6 inches per century as proven under.

The two meter sea degree rise that the reporter speculatively postulates on this Occasions article would take 9+ centuries to happen.



This Occasions reporter has written a variety of prior L. A. Occasions local weather alarmist propaganda articles about future sea degree rise and has not addressed the problem through the use of really measured NOAA coastal tide gauge sea degree rise knowledge. She has all the time addressed future sea degree rise primarily based solely upon hypothesis and conjecture derived from pc fashions in attempting to justify her future sea degree rise assertions and this text isn’t any totally different.

The diagram under exhibits her try and justify the two meter future sea degree rise hypothesis leading to as much as 130 toes of future bluff erosion consequence by 2100 utilizing outcomes from a research printed within the Journal of Geophysical Analysis in 2018.


This research accommodates the next characterization of its vital limitations:

“A calibrated, however unvalidated, ensemble was utilized to the 475-km-long shoreline of Southern California (USA), with 4 SLR situations of zero.5, zero.93, 1.5, and a pair of m by 2100. Outcomes counsel that future retreat charges might improve relative to imply historic charges by greater than twofold for the upper SLR situations, inflicting a median complete land lack of 19–41 m by 2100. Nonetheless, mannequin uncertainty ranges from ±5 to 15 m, reflecting the inherent difficulties of projecting cliff retreat over a number of a long time. To reinforce ensemble efficiency, future work might embody weighting every mannequin by its talent in matching observations in numerous morphological settings.”

Subsequently we now have one more L. A. Occasions article pushing sea degree rise local weather alarmist propaganda that ignores and conceals 112 12 months very long time interval NOAA tide gauge knowledge measurements whereas hyping pc fashions which might be “unvalidated” and topic to the pure hypothesis and conjecture of “retreat charges might improve” from the research authors.

Moreover the Occasions article intentionally misrepresents and mischaracterizes the problem of sea degree rise by concealing that acceleration is what’s driving this points controversy not whether or not sea degree rise is or isn’t occurring.

The prior articles this Occasions reporter have written about sea degree rise don’t handle sea degree rise acceleration or NOAA tide gauge sea degree rise measurement knowledge.

Local weather alarmist claims of accelerating sea degree rise are unsupported by globally measured tide gauge knowledge as addressed in a current research within the Journal of Geophysical Analysis which concluded that primarily based on precise measurements there was “no statistically vital acceleration in sea degree rise over the previous 100+ years.”


The exploitation of the tragic bluff accident in Encinitas by the Occasions to push its local weather alarmist sea degree rise propaganda is despicable. 

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