Warm Water Rising

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Recent reporting and comments about global warming do not include information on the increase in the ocean’s sea-level, or what properties in Laguna Beach have been threatened or damaged by the rising sea-level.


In February 2007, the City Council adopted unanimously the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.  From it and former Vice President Albert Gore Jr.’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” the major concern was “sea-level rises that interact with coastal storms to erode beaches, inundate land, and damage structures.”


The Academy Award documentary claimed ocean sea-levels rising over 20 feet by the year 2100. It’s been seven years since the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement was endorsed at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Chicago in 2005. What has been the rise in the ocean’s sea-level?


I would think that tracking the sea-level rise and the cost of coastal structure damage would be key metrics.


Gene Felder, Laguna Beach


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