Look, I get it. We have to plan ahead. And if the oceans are going to rise, then we need to make decisions that allow for that. Government, councils, insurance companies and property owners all can benefit from quality information.
But then there’s this:
In 2014, Commissioner Jan Wright found that New Zealand would be hit by more frequent coastal flooding in the future as sea levels rise.
Today, Dr Wright told the Local Government and Environment Select Committee that she would be releasing a follow-up report identifying infrastructure and property at high risk from rising seas.
Dr Wright said a 30 centimetre rise in sea levels by 2050 was inevitable due to climate change, and what happened after that depended on the global commitment to cutting carbon emissions.
A 30 centimeter rise in 35 years is “inevitable”. This from a Dr (of something), hired to report to the government.
Let’s just take a deep breath. 30 centimeters in 35 years is close to a centimeter a year. Read more »