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King Canute to Visit Virginia Beach?

June 14, 2012

King Canute Visits Virginia Beach

Following the lead of the North Carolina Senate, the Commonwealth of Virginia has decided to legislate against the inevitable rise of the sea level along the coastal Atlantic shore. Sounds like King Canute is moving from Hatteras to Virginia Beach.

More:

“Virginia Lawmaker Says ‘Sea Level Rise’ Is A ‘Left Wing Term,’ Excises It From State Report On Coastal Flooding,” Rebecca Leber, Think Progress

“Sink or Swim,” The Colbert Report

“Sea level rise 101,” John Bruno, SeaMonster

“Understanding Sea Level Rise: Why a linear extrapolation is the least reasonable predictor of future changes,” Southern Fried Science

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King Canute Backs North Carolina Shore Bill

June 2, 2012

King Canute Backs North Carolina Shore Bill

North Carolina’s Coastal Resources Commission, using current scientific data, estimated a 39-inch rise in sea level by the year 2100.  Developers of beach houses, marinas, and seaside resorts don’t want to hear about it, so a bill has been introduced in the state legislature making scientific estimates of changes in sea level illegal.

Just like legendary King Canute, North Carolina’s politicians want to order the sea to stop rising. Maybe Canute was really a  Tarheel Republican climate change denialist.

More:

“Climate Change: North Carolinians Hope to Stop It in Its Tracks,” Bill Chameides, Huffington Post

“NC Considers Making Sea Level Rise Illegal,” Scott Huler, Scientific American blog

Read Knight Science Journalism Tracker post here.

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Venice: Still Sinking

March 26, 2012

Venice: Still Sinking

The city of Venice continues to sink underwater despite earlier assumptions to the contrary, according to a new report based on satellite data. Venetians have stopped pumping ground water from beneath their town, and new technology will mitigate the tidal floods that inundate the Adriatic city, but Venice is still sinking into the lagoon at a rate of 2mm a year, partly due to the weight of the remarkable stone buildings which are its heritage. Some islands in the lagoon are sinking twice as fast.

Not only is the Venetian land sinking, the sea level is rising, and the tectonic plate the town rests on is tilting East under the weight of the Apennine Mountains. At this rate, Venice will sink over three inches in the next two decades.

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