Just recently, I read two articles about Tidal Change. This is a problem what will only get worse as the Polar Icecap and Glaciers continue to melt. A good review of the coastal flooding problem is contained in a prior Post on this Blog, “Sand Castles and Railroad Tracks”, https://thetruthoncommonsense.com/2013/10/31/sand-castles-and-railroad-tracks/. The two recent articles, however, reflect how two groups of seemingly intelligent people can have totally divergent ideas as to how to solve coastal flooding problem.
The Dutch people are perhaps universally regarded as having the longest and most successful solutions for the coastal flooding problem. They had better, since more than 50% of Holland is below sea level. In fact, the Dutch have been so successful that many of them no longer take the threat as seriously as in the past.
Also, the importance of combating rising tides is not as instilled into the Children of Holland as in prior years Fewer Dutch are studying the Environmental Sciences in the Universities or applying for jobs in the field. The linked article, from the NY Times, is as follows: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/world/europe/netherlands-water-management-system-global-climate-change-sea-level-rise-dutch-gene.html?emc=edit_ae_20140630&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=64667462 .
The Dutch have found a way to create an interest in the coastal sciences, provide a basic understanding and make it fun to learn all at the same time–through children competing in beach sand castle building. The people of America’s State of North Carolina, however, are taking a totally opposite and narrow-minded approach. Although this article pertains to just some of the barrier islands of North Carolina, it also suggests how many Americans look at the Environment and the need to take action now.
In this case, property owners who have invested large amounts of money to build or buy homes on these islands, which are off the coast of North Carolina, are basically hiding their heads in the sand. In the Blog Post (above), I paraphrased the words David Gessner, a writer who traveled with Orrin Pikey, a Coastal Geologist and Professor Emeritus at Duke University–also in North Carolina–who suggests that building homes on barrier islands is like the children’s’ sand castles, which will be washed away overnight, or building homes on the railroad tracks. Like the train, the coastal tide will surely be along sometime to reclaim its land.
In North Carolina, rather than respond in a rational manner, they are manipulating the statistics so that the long-term impact of coastal flooding–an increase of approximately 39 inches by the year 2100–it appears that the State Legislature is trying to wish the coastal threat away. The linked article, from the Washington Post, is as follows: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/ncs-outer-banks-got-a-scary-forecast-about-climate-change-so/2014/06/24/0042cf96-f6f3-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_story.html.