Flooded Boroughs

Using computer projections to simulate thousands of storms in potential future climates, researchers found that storms would be more likely to swerve away from the city. The trouble is the storms that do approach will, on average, be more powerful. And all storms that hit New York, regardless of their power, will start at a higher baseline, as they’ll be traveling on seas that have risen due to climate change.

Specifically, the work found that the one-in-500-years flood height at the Battery, a park in southern Manhattan fronting the harbor, could range from 13.1 to 16.7 feet by the year 2100, and 16.4 to 50.5 feet by the year 2300.

New York City’s fate is closely tied to Antarctic ice, climate scientists warn

This reminded me of a still from The Expanse…

A still from The Expanse showing seawalls around New York City

Reaching for the Memory Hole

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information.

Washington Post: EPA website removes climate science site from public view after two decades

A Bald Head Collects No Sand

Kristina Trotta, another former DEP employee who worked in Miami, said her supervisor told her not to use the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in a 2014 staff meeting.

“We were told that we were not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact,” she said.

This unwritten policy went into effect after Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011 and appointed Herschel Vinyard Jr. as the DEP's director, according to former DEP employees. Gov. Scott, who won a second term in November, has repeatedly said he is not convinced that climate change is caused by human activity, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting: In Florida, Officials Ban Term ‘Climate Change’

Rick Scott is apparently qualified to deny the global scientific consensus based on his years as a hospital executive.

No Such Thing as Cheese

So some doddering chemist emeritus doesn’t believe in climate change. So what, right? But Woodcock’s assertions are noteworthy for just how magnificently bogus they are. And the fact that he has been embraced by influential people in the conservative media-sphere shows both the intellectual bankruptcy of movement conservatism and the way it has poisoned the climate change debate.

— Ryan Cooper: This is a perfect example of why scientists don’t vote Republican

See — scientists disagree on climate change!

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On the one side, we have a mountain of scientific evidence, on the other, ideology and arm-waving. On that basis, we are endangering our grandchildren’s future and pushing humanity toward the destruction of civilization.

— James Lawrence Powell: Science and Global Warming

But think of how much it will cost not to ruin the climate of the planet that we completely depend on for survival.