Yep, it’s all the fault of global warming. Shops selling cold-weather coats are not selling their stuff as fast as they’d like because global warming is making the Northeast too warm. Curse those Americans and their SUVs!

But the global warming bad news doesn’t stop there. The Independent is reporting, “Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth.” For the first time? Really? And how much have the oceans risen? National Geographic says 4-8 inches, but they don’t explain the timeframe. Are we talking days, years, decades, centuries? I’m guessing centuries, judging by the following Wikipedia graphic of sea level rise for the past century:

Rising Water Levels

So we are looking at a 20 cm rise in the past century, which makes it very close to the top of the 4-8 inch range National Geographic gave. Obviously the SUVs driving around since 1880 are the cause of the rise. Tongue in cheek aside, let’s expand our time frame from the past century to the past major ice age.

Rising Water Levels

The graphic shows the water levels since the last major ice age 18,000 years ago. Notice that the rising water levels have pretty much flattened out the last 2,000 years? The ocean has risen over 120 meters in the past 18,000 years, so if a rise of a few inches is sufficient to wipe out a low-lying island, how effective at swamping islands was the full post-ice age melt of over 100 meters? And in case you think things can’t get worse, here is an even longer look at sea levels.

Rising Water Levels

Did you notice that in both estimations, Earth in much of the past 500 million years has had a higher sea level than we currently have? And there should be something else that you should have noticed from the graphs — sea levels rise and fall.

So if someone comes to you bemoaning climate change, ask them where they got the idea that the world’s climate was supposed to remain static.

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