Category Archives: Nature & Environment

Did the mayor of Miami Beach just show that global warming is manageable?

http://twitter.com/#!/BillyCorben/status/519949496676278273

Hey, parking meters are hard, but here’s Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine declaring “victory” in the “first battle” against rising seas. His sword in this fight is a $400+ million infrastructure project that has prevented flooding in one of the lowest spots in Miami:

This is a victory for the first battle in what will be a long war against sea level rise. @MiamiHerald @joeflech pic.twitter.com/UQa6gJlmbJ

— Mayor Philip Levine (@MayorLevine) October 9, 2014

Why yes, it is remarkable that when you replace your city’s old and decaying drains with a new system, flooding can be managed.

And we missed this when looking at the photograph the first time.

@MayorLevine @DanJWeiss @MiamiHerald @joeflech Added solar panels – that should just about solve it!

— Elijah Zarlin (@elijahion) October 9, 2014

Ha! Solar panels will fix everything. (Check back with us when the first tropical storm blows through, however. Coconuts and solar panels don’t mix.)

However, not everyone is as convinced as the mayor at his “victory”:

.@MayorLevine @MikeGrunwald @MiamiHerald @joeflech So, the problem has been fixed for one year. What's the plan for the next 50 or 100?

— John Janik (@jjanik) October 9, 2014

This area of Miami Beach was featured prominently in the New York Times earlier this year, with Al Gore chiming in:

“Sea level rise is our reality in Miami Beach.” Powerful words from Mayor Philip Levine: http://t.co/hUKyoQRtMJ

— Al Gore (@algore) May 8, 2014

With this good advice from a reader:

@algore then stop building on flood plains you idiots ! #globalwarming is a lie ! WE ARE COOLING ! And we are fracing at 15000 ft , u loose!

— U-YEN (@UYENeffect) May 8, 2014

EXACTLY! In Miami, the core of the problem is actually politicians who allow the building of structures in areas that they say will flood. For example, this new science museum in Miami Beach is being built in a global-warming flood zone literally feet away from Biscayne Bay:

frostmuseum

Maybe the science museum designers are anti-science?

 

 

How convenient! MSM ignores that trapped scientists were researching climate change

There’s been quite a bit of buzz lately about the plight of scientists trapped in Antarctic ice. But if you were relying purely on the MSM for news, you may very well have missed the fact that those scientists were climate change researchers. For some inexplicable reason, MSMers left that little detail out of their reports.

CBS opted for the “passengers” designation as well:

As did NBC, which also referred to the researchers as “voyagers”:

Even Fox News linked to an Associated Press report that revealed only that the “passengers” were scientists — but not what type of scientists they were:

In fact, NewsBusters reported that between December 25 and January 2, only one out of 41 network morning and evening reports made any mention of the purpose of the expedition.

What’s up with that?

Do your job, media.

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Related:

Climate change scientist whose ship got stuck in ice live-tweets rescue [Vine, video]

Key question! Global warming activists rescued from icebound ship, but what about this?

‘Bittersweet irony’: Ship that rescued trapped climate change researchers may be stuck in ice

Gov’t arm-twists Redskins’ owner; Dennis Miller suggests relevant name change

Given the circumstances cited above, Dennis Miller’s proposed name change for the Washington Redskins might be the most accurate suggestion yet.

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‘Washington Butthurt’: Idea for a #NewRedskinsName? Better clear it with these guys first [pic]