What's climate change ruining today?

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13 Responses to “What's climate change ruining today?”

  1. Mitchell Glaser says:

    This is very unlikely to be caused by man-made climate change. These are basically sand bars that are getting washed away, not submerged by rising oceans. And even if they were  not piles of sand, there are dozens of islands off of Greece for example that were once inhabited and now are totally submerged, which took place thousands of years before the industrial revolution. I’m not a denier, but we need to stick to the real science or the deniers will beat us over the head with it.

    • Snig says:

      You likely mean you can’t prove this particular parking lot situation was changed by man-made climate change, but it is entirely possible that is was caused by it.  Rising sea levels make it more likely for the barrier islands to be washed away.  It is very likely that rising sea levels are due to anthropogenic causes.

      • SamSam says:

        I agree with Mitchell. This article is specifically about parking lots that get artificially build up by people, and then storms hit and wash them away, and the lots get built somewhere else. The original build-up places then remain underwater.

        While climate change may be loading the dice in favor of more storms, suggesting that sea levels have risen enough that parking lots are now below the rise of the water seems false, and is the sort of claim that makes deniers giddy while they refute it because it makes the science look bad.

      • Garrett Sergeant says:

        Going to have to side with Mitch on this one. Coming from Atlantic City I can attest that shifting sands have more to do wit this than climate change. Just north of Chincoteague at Cape Hatteras they had to physically uproot the lighthouse for this very reason.

        http://www.nps.gov/caha/historyculture/movingthelighthouse.htm

  2. wysinwyg says:

    Whaddaya know, a bunch of people are “skeptical” about the report — without even having taken the time to read it.

    Barrier islands are naturally unstable, constantly changing shape under the forces of waves and wind. When storms flood the east, or ocean, side of Assateague, they wash sand over to the west side of the island and build it up. But as sea levels rise, floods are becoming more frequent and severe. The Fish and Wildlife Service projects that by 2100 rising seas will flood large sections of the Chincoteague refuge’s coastal marshes.

    So yes, barrier islands are naturally unstable — as all the “skeptics” are pointing out.  But (measured) sea level rise makes them even more unstable.  This important context is available to anyone who would bother to RTFA.

  3. travtastic says:

    Medium-to-long-term, I’d be more concerned about the roads than the beachfront  parking. That place is swampy as hell on a normal basis.

  4. TL;DR: Climate change isn’t destroying parking lots, but it probably should be.

  5. smallteam says:

    This is my favorite mid-Atlantic beach!  Maybe a decade ago, I met an older local woman in this very parking lot who pronounced the city’s name as “Chank-uh-tank” and denounced how touristy it had gotten.

    Also, the beach is very close to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, so UFOs/tinfoil hats, etc.
    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/about/map_wallops.html

  6. Naberius says:

    For God’s sake, people! If you drive a decent SUV, ideally an H2 but plenty of others will do, you can easily drive through and park the thing in a good foot, foot and a half of water.  What is the god damn problem here?

  7. sota767 says:

    How about we pour concrete over the entire sand bar so it never moves again? Yes the beach will be covered over with a foot of concrete, but it’s a small price to pay for a magnificent parking lot.

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