Rising sea level effects on Tampa Bay

04/16/14 Robert Lorei
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Tags: Rob Thieler, USGS, climate change, global warming, sea level rise


Clearwater Beach

No matter what you think about global climate change, the seas around the world are rising and the rising ocean level will have a big effect on the Tampa bay area. A new scientific study has cited 99.9 percent of the effects of climate change are a result of human activity.

Physics Prof. Shaun Lovejoy from Quebec's McGill University used historical data to analyze the past and identify if man-made emissions were real cause of climate change and global warming. Lovejoy said this latest study will "be a blow to any remaining climate change deniers" who continue to argue that the warming of the planet is a natural occurrence and computer data models are wrong. Prof. Lovejoy's report was published in the Climate Dynamics journal. He based his analysis on a variety of reliable sources like tree rings and ice cores.

Upon looking at the records, it was shown that the warming pattern before humans emitted greenhouse gases into the atmosphere did not match to what has been happening ever since. The professor said the theory that global warming since 1880 was of natural origin can be ruled out. His analysis showed that humans had caused the warming of the Earth with confidence levels "most likely greater than 99.9 percent."

A United Nations (UN) report has warned that climate change will force millions of people to relocate triggering famine, inciting conflict and losing trillions of dollars worth of economic gains. The irreversible damage due to climate change will cause economic shocks and severe poverty may lead to mass migration. The risk of violence may increase from protests triggered by international or civil conflicts.

Radioactivity's Rob Lorei speaks to U.S. Geological Survey Ph.D. Rob Thieler who works with the Coastal and Marine Geology Program about how rising sea levels will affect the Tampa bay area with

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