Rising sea levels are going to mess with the internet

Rob McEwen rob at invaluement.com
Mon Jul 23 02:52:32 UTC 2018

For the past 100+ years, the sea levels have been rising by about 2-4 mm 
per year. If you go to the following two sites:


You'll see all kinds of scary language about dire predictions about how 
the sea levels are rising and accelerating. And you'll see SCARY charts 
that look like Mt. Everest. But when you dig into the actual data, 
you'll find that there MIGHT have been (at most!) a CUMULATIVE 1mm/year 
acceleration... but even that took about 4 decades to materialize, it 
could be somewhat within the margin of error, and it might be a part of 
the fake data that often drives this debate. Meanwhile, global warming 
alarmists have ALREADY made MANY dire predictions about oceans levels 
rising - that ALREADY didn't even come close to true.

The bottom line is that there is no trend of recently observed sea level 
rising data that is even close to being on track to hit all these dire 
predictions within the foreseeable future. And even as the West has 
reduced (or lessened the acceleration of) CO2 emissions - this has been 
easily made up for by the CO2 emission increases caused by the 
modernization of China and India in recent decades.

And, again, there were articles like this 10, 15, and even 20 years ago 
that made very similar predictions - that didn't happen. So, it is hard 
to believe that the dire predictions in this article could come true in 
15 years.

But I suppose that it might be a good idea to take inventory of the 
absolute lowest altitude cables and make sure that they are not 
vulnerable to the type of flooding that might happen more often after a 
few decades from now after the ocean has further risen about 2 inches? 
But the sky is not falling anytime soon.

Rob McEwen

On 7/22/2018 9:01 PM, Sean Donelan wrote:
> https://www.popsci.com/sea-level-rise-internet-infrastructure
> Rising sea levels are going to mess with the internet, sooner than you 
> think
> [...]
> Despite its magnitude, this network is increasingly vulnerable to sea 
> levels inching their way higher, according to research presented at an 
> academic conference in Montreal this week. The findings estimate that 
> within 15 years, thousands of miles of what should be land-bound 
> cables in the United States will be submerged underwater.
> “Most of the climate change-related impacts are going to happen very 
> soon,” says Paul Barford, a computer scientist at the University of 
> Wisconsin and lead author of the paper.
> [...]

Rob McEwen

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