Joining the Global Day of Action for Climate in Hobart this morning, market-goers were shown where the sea may be.
Sea levels have risen 20 centimetres around the world since 1900, due to global warming due to burning coal, oil and gas and the destruction of forests.
This sea levels rise presents a massive battering ram against coastlines whenever there is a storm. For years now, scientific assessments have shown the extensive erosion of Tasmania’s coastlines as a result.
Today the Bob Brown Foundation put prospective ongoing sea level rises up on the wall in Hobart’s Waterman’s Dock, at the end of Murray st, to give citizens a concept of the worst potential incursions over the next two centuries.
“We are using worst-case scenarios as projected by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) in 2017. NOAA recommends a revised worst-case sea level rise of 2.5 metres by 2100, 5.5 metres by 2150 and 9.7 metres by 2200,” Environmentalist Bob Brown said.
“The conservative International Panel of Climate Change projects sea level rises of 0.3 to 0.8 metres. On the other hand, renowned US expert Professor James Hansen, noting the potential for accelerated melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet this century has warned: “... I would bet $1000 to a donut that ... a sea level rise in the order of five metres this century .... is a far better estimate than .... around 0.5 metre.”
“This demonstration, part of the global RISE UP FOR CLIMATE day, is another appeal to the federal government to stop the Adani mine and to the state government to stop logging and burning Tasmania’s biggest carbon bank which is its native forests. Burning forest injects massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the already-overloaded atmosphere of planet Earth.