Climate report notes 7th year of sea level rise

| 12/08/2019 | 89 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): One of the many alarming points in the latest climate report from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, scientists found that for the seventh year in a row sea levels rose in 2018 and the greenhouse gases released into the Earth’s atmosphere reached record levels. Also ringing the climate alarm bells in the State of the Climate in 2018, last year was the fourth-warmest year on record behind 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“Every year since the start of the 21st Century has been warmer than the 1981-2010 average,” the report said. “In 2018, the dominant greenhouse gases released into Earth’s atmosphere — carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide — continued to increase and reach new record highs.

“Global carbon dioxide concentrations, which represent the bulk of the gases’ warming power, rose during 2018 to a record 407.4 parts per million,” the study found. That is “the highest in the modern instrumental record and in ice core records dating back 800,000 years,” the researchers stated.

The news that sea levels have risen again should be of particular concern to the authorities here in the Cayman Islands. Across the world’s oceans, warming was worst in the tropics, with the annual mean sea level reaching a new record high, rising to 81mm above the 1993 average. “The new high reflects an ongoing trend …and year-to-year changes in sea level impact coastal communities by increasing the magnitude and frequency of positive sea level extremes that cause flooding and erosion,” the report warned.

Over the last decade, the global ocean has continued to take up a substantial fraction of anthropogenic carbon, and while the sea is expected to continue being a sink for carbon, mitigating the worst impact, it comes at a cost of increased acidification of surface and subsurface waters.

The report said that most of the Caribbean recorded above-average annual surface temperatures, particularly notable toward the northwest, with Jamaica and the northern Bahamas at least 0.75°–1.5°C warmer than average. The annual average maximum temperature of 32.3°C observed in Jamaica was the highest since records began in 1971. The Caribbean as a whole was also drier than normal, with drought conditions reported by several islands.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yer a bit flawed in yer reasoning there matey. Pretty easy to believe man is ruining the environment. Big step to agree with techie man made solution. You are a sly debater. That’s not a compliment.
    Again, get a job with Trump. He pays big for bullshitters.

  2. Anonymous says:

    These articles really bring out the stupidity in caymanians, I thought we were brighter than that having one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean. Never understand why some of you try to make global warming political or an agenda of some sort. It’s literally what is happening to the Earth caused by our mistreatment to the Earth. Other’s saying it’s Natural. These level of climate change has never occured in the span of 50 years. This usually takes millions of years.

    Microplastics in Snow IS NOT NATURAL:

    Palm Oil washing up on shores is not Natural:–i0di3BThMHXXHnSI0bSmORZ6IA

    2 billion tons of ice melting on one day is not natural:

    The sooner you pull your heads out of your asses and stop thinking we’re trying to tax you or whatever fear mongering you’re trying to instill the faster we can come together to put a plan and help create a better planet. Honestly it’s not like we can hop ship and go to another planet, so the least we can do it take care of it.

    • Anonymous says:

      In Cayman some believe snakes could talk and that a man split the sea in two with a stick..

      why are you surprised that some of us choose to conspire against professionals and scientists?

      • Anonymous says:

        Sad thing is that people with those same beliefs elected a man that is at the moment trying to destroy the USA.

  3. Datisme says:

    Well if this keeps up, those Chagos islanders will soon be without a home.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it sad when someone who thinks they are so in with what Jesus taught only proves what a hypocritical ass they really are? I’d like to know how you think liberals with their policy’s to actually take care of humans, earth and not the wealthy is less righteous then your right wingbat ideology. I’d rather have an atheists who is honest about their beliefs on my side then a conceded, condescending Bible thumper who hides their selfishness by praying in a pew. Also, I know many liberal god fearing humans. I’d rather them on my side too as they actually understand what the basics of their religion was teaching.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What trickery is this?

  6. Anonymous says:

    You posters crack me up when you get all excited about this.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your posters of Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy make me want to hang out in your dorm room.

  7. Anonymous says:

    There is a reason these Global Warmers do not EVER want to answer any specific questions. Their answer to anyone that questions them and their religion is always to attempt to discredit the person so to evade having to do so.

    Even the most fundamental and basic questions. For example….

    (And there are hundreds of these fundamental questions BTW)


    If the temperature is going from good to bad unnaturally (or from optimal to non-optimal), then you MUST therefore know what the optimum natural temperature IS. (without the alleged human interference).


    Logic 1-0-1: You can say someone is doing something bad, what unless you know what doing good is.

    But they do not have or want to address this question and 100’s like them. There is a REASON for this. And it’s not called science.

    And everyone should ask why they (the 97%) can’t or won’t answer that, and many other very basic questions.

    Here is a video of a NASA >>”scientist”<< even refusing to engage ANY questions and walks off the stage in between discussions. how pathetic is this????

    • Anonymous says:

      You could have found something more trustworthy than a debate on TV.
      What is The fact no one would deny, that our planet that includes Space around it and Oceans so trashed by two legged creatures, that Mother Nature needs a break from all humans.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stupid example.

    • Anonymous says:….what a surprise!…zzzzzzzzz

      • Anonymous says:

        Right CNS articles are much more scientific.

      • Anonymous says:

        Without fail; Whodatis has a 3rd from the University of Youtube

        • Anonymous says:

          If you were actually educated, you would know there are more real scientists and professors on YouTube, than here, or in the 97% of “scientists” telling you will be 50 feet underwater by 2050.

          Did you buy your raft yet?

          • Anonymous says:

            What university teaches how many scientists and professors are on you tube compared to this site. We’re you able to take that class AND pottery or did you have to choose?

          • Anonymous says:

            Stop with the raft thing. You’re arguing like a toothless hillbilly. Stick with that crackling intellect of yours and weave a story as tight as the Bible. I know you got it in ya.

          • Anonymous says:

            I told you to buy Brac Bluff Land

        • Anonymous says:

          For clarity, this is my first reply to your lovely ad hominem attack.

          Let it be understood, I played no role in the subsequent thread of messages.

          Cheers matey,

          – Who

          *Btw, I am curious to know your stance re the sun-dimming endeavour.

          As a “man-made climate change believer”, like many of your leading scientists and experts, do you also support the dusting of the stratosphere as a means to save mankind from the big, evil Sun aka source of life on Planet Earth?

          (You claim I have a 3rd from UoY; please note, the bright minds behind this particular proposal are from Harvard University.)

          By now, life should have taught you that “educated fools” are real and growing in number.

          **Lastly, address the issue at hand or simple stfu.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yer a bit flawed in yer reasoning there matey. Pretty easy to believe man is ruining the environment. Big step to agree with techie man made solution. You are a sly debater. That’s not a compliment.
            Again, get a job with Trump. He pays big for bullshitters.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wow… professors of Ivy League universities, Nobel prize winners for climate research, genealogists, physicists all on youtube… zzzzzz

        May be you should try watching other things than comedies on YouTube?

    • Anonymous says:

      BYW, FWI, Facebook and you tube are tools for mass disinformation campaigns and manipulation of the masses by evil forces.

      • Anonymous says:

        No one is referring to FaceBook except you. In so far as YouTube, that all depends on the video you choose to watch. And based on your observations, it’s very clear what kind of videos you choose to watch.

        There are 1000’s of videos by professors, doctors, physicists, climatologist, moth, and every other science you can imagine. But of course, you can’t see that because you just enjoy swallowing the kool-aid instead of actually informing yourself.

        • Anonymous says:

          Linking Facebook with YouTube because they’re both full of bullshit, peopled and prowled by idiots, deplorables, and “intellectuals” such as yourself.
          You are a special case and as I’ve suggested before, there a man with a plan ruining the USA right now that capfuls use you genius.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Evil forces…”?

        Geesh…who are you?

        – Who


    • Anonymous says:

      Here we go, the flat earthers are out force.

  8. Anonymous says:

    If we found a miracle solar panel that could power all transportation and homes on earth, and switched the entire world to use solar energy.

    The liberals when then tell us we are running out of sunlight because we are sucking all the energy our of of the sun.

    And the liberal pigeons would swallow it, hook line and sinker!

  9. Anonymous says:

    National Association of Scholars, Fred Signer 40% of scientists doubt global warming

    Of course, if you read Wiki, its nothing short of a HIT piece. (When you disagree, discredit the person) Typical liberal style.

    Here’s another:
    49 Former NASA Scientists Send A Letter Disputing Climate Change :

    Select excerpts from the letter:

    “The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements.”

    “We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated.”

    “We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject.”

    Here is what is indisputable by anyone. Man made global warming is NOT science and does NOT follow the scientific method because it cannot be falsified. PERIOD

    Global Warming is the OPINION of a bunch of people appointed by the UN!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Global warming its natural, meanwhile land is being discovered elsewhere because ice melts. The native Indians moved from place to place because climate changes. It snows it rains the sun shines,

    Global warming is natural.

    Scientist, Hollywood, and certain governments are using it as a scam to get more money. LOL carbon taxes. Global warming is a threat but yet they have 5 cars and the latest phone in there drive way.

    God is in control.

    • Anonymous says:

      Trashing the planet earth is not natural.

      • Anonymous says:

        Define trashing the planet. like what locusts do? Rats and wild boars? Like plagues and virus do? (yes, they don’t only kill humans) like bacteria that wipe out entire coral reefs? Like volcanoes do that wipe out the entire local eco system? Meteorites that wipe all virtually all living animals on earth?

        Or are you only referring to plastic straws?

    • Anonymous says:

      God is not natural.

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly right, if he was, he would not be God. Even God loathing liberals can be accidentally correct.

        • Anonymous says:

          I have been kicked in the head by a horse and cannot figure out what this means. Can you please explain.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Anyone that has lived on the ocean for many decades, knows significant sea level rises in the last century rise is total and complete demonstrable bullshit.

    They bank on selling their bullshit that most people will just swallow this type of pap because they have not lived most of the lives on the ocean studying tides, currents and water levels in shallow waters.

    The claims that sea levels have risen 20 millimeters since 1900 is a lie. Period. It would even be a lie to say it has risen even 1/4 of that.

    What has risen is the level of BULLSHIT and the TAXES around global warming and sea level rises.

    • Anonymous says:

      Learn to debate intelligently

    • Anonymous says:

      The sea level around Hilo Bay, Hawaii, has risen by 10 inches since 1950. Its speed of rise has accelerated over the last ten years and it’s now rising by about 1 inch every 4 years. Scientists know this because the sea level is measured every 6 minutes using equipment like satellites, floating buoys off the coast, and tidal gauges to accurately measure the local sea level as it accelerates and changes

    • Anonymous says:

      What’s the difference between global and local sea level?
      “Global sea level trends and relative sea level trends are different measurements. Just as the surface of the Earth is not flat, the surface of the ocean is also not flat—in other words, the sea surface is not changing at the same rate globally. Sea level rise at specific locations may be more or less than the global average due to many local factors: subsidence, upstream flood control, erosion, regional ocean currents, variations in land height, and whether the land is still rebounding from the compressive weight of Ice Age glaciers.”
      Read the rest here

    • Anonymous says:

      You are so right! Why trust thousands of professional scientists? Why trust their fancy global surveys and complex measuring procedures? Why? All we need to do is trust what you see out of your window. Makes perfect sense.


  12. Anonymous says:

    What links Sun, earthquakes and hurricanes? Do they have a temporal relationship to the solar flares that energize the ionosphere? The butterfly effect of geo-engineering???? Any artificial perturbation of our ionosphere via modulation of waves will cause instantaneous corresponding activity on our sun. People will doubt it, but there is so much we don’t know about wave interactions, it is premature to say it is impossible. But the science is present, if we look for it, and connect the dots. Few will. They will chuckle.
    A new ionospheric mechanism of electromagnetic ELF precursors to earthquakes

  13. Anonymous says:

    Whether or not humans contribute to changes in the climate, the real issues are – humans are responsible for the total pollution of EVERY aspect of the environment we require for living a healthy life.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sun-dimming is apparently the solution to anthropogenic “global warming” – now conveniently relabelled as “man made climate change”.

    Yes folks, our all-knowing saviours have concluded the source of all life on our planet (the Sun, in case you missed it) is the problem and we much do all in our power to diminish its role in our existence – and that of everything we see, touch, feel and know.

    Q. How will we do it?
    A. Well, we will travel up to 12 miles above the earth’s surface, and spray limestone dust into the atmosphere to block the heat and energy produced by the sun from reaching Planet Earth as it should.

    No, seriously!

    Nevertheless, people like myself are the ones attacked on this forum when we call “time” on the absolute non-science, political manipulation (e.g, “the Danish texts” – research it! / “+90% of climate scientists agree…” – a falsehood), and baseless indoctrination of our innocent children as it concerns so-called anthropogenic climate change.

    Folks, when you are made to believe something exists, you will ALWAYS find it when you search.
    For example, my dearly departed loved one was convinced Jesus was returning in her lifetime and saw signs of his pending return every living day.

    The point is, let us not get carried away with emotion, fear, and hysteria as we baptise ourselves in the new religion of Environmentalism.

    Or, on the hand, let us do so, and proceed with our sun-dimming exercise.
    It is after all the only thing saving us from complete annihilation.

    After all, what could go wrong?

    – Whodatis

    • Anonymous says:

      What’s interesting about the Arctic is the gradual changes that have taken place over the last 70+ years. Reading reports of RAF operations over the GIUK gap (if you don’t understand the acronym look it up) and all the way up past Iceland to Jan Mayen and Spitzbergen you’ll see that the sea ice has been steadily receding since WWII. I was up there in 1988. As it went into Autumn things got pretty rough (with no warning we suddenly had 100+mph winds one day!) but very large areas stayed ice-free. In early September it was still clear all the way North to Rossoya and at least 50Ks beyond that.

      Not sure if there’s any message there but it was also the first time I’d seen large patches of plastic waste pollution, much of it apparently dumped from Soviet, Korean and Japanese fishing vessels.

      As for cruise ships going up there? The fact that cruise lines are even doing it shows they don’t give a c*** about the environment.

  15. Anonymous says:

    snd cayman mla’s response is??????

  16. Anonymous says:

    Well if this is true that the sea level is rising, then we don’t have to worry about 7 mile beach. The coral in the sea will die from not getting enough sunshine as the water will be deeper. We can save on the EIA for the new cruise ship facilities.

  17. Anonymous says:

    It seems to be getting hotter, i actually swear by it, but the sea level is Not rising any higher around the Brac. What we call Sara Rock is in the same water around it , as it was in 1958, the water depth is the same, and in low tide one can still get on top of the big rock without getting wet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, unless you do measure with scientific instruments you would not really know. It doesn’t have to be measured in meters or centimeters yet.
      What is weird this summer in SWFL is that along with storms, which are normal, we get long stretches of overcast that last all day every day with hardly any wind. More like Oregon weather than Florida. Flora and fauna in Fl need lots of sun to thrive.
      It is still in 70s in Alaska. Unheard of. They usually get just few days of temperatures in low70s. If any. This year it is all summer plus they beat all times records reaching 90F.
      Noone can deny that weather is becoming too weird. They even say that flight turbulence could increase due to climate change.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ever heard of weather engineering/modification? The US did it back in WWII to make the monsoons last longer.The best part is they own the patents for these things.

    • Anonymous says:

      The beaches are much smaller everywhere on GC than they were 30 years ago. Really need to enforce building set backs. When I f up my beach it will also f up yours next door.

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