A wild claim from California Governor Jerry Brown, reported by the Lame-Stream Media, without any scepticism by the L.A. Times. It was a Looney Toons moment.
Brown's remarks came a day after the release of two studies finding that a slow-motion and irreversible collapse of a massive cluster of glaciers in Antarctica has begun and could cause sea levels to rise worldwide by four feet within 200 years.
''If that happens, the Los Angeles airport's going under water.'' Brown (photo right) told reporters at a presentation of his revised state budget proposal in Los Angeles. He added ''So is the San Francisco airport.'' Really? Anthony Watts checks the evidence - and finds Brown is talking pure Looney Toons.
Ok, let's do the math, first look at the sea level rate from the Los Angeles tide gauge operated by NOAA:
At the rate of 0.83mm/yr sea level rise seen at Los Angeles (from the NOAA graph Above) it would take 45903.6 years to reach 125 feet! We'd be in a new ice age by then and sea levels would be falling. So at current rates.....Brown's claim is bogus.But he's saying the study says it will be due to Antarctic's western ice sheet melting. The NASA says of this study paper:
Even as Rignot and his excited colleagues suggest that loss of the Amundsen Sea embayment glaciers appears inevitable, it remains extremely difficult to predict exactly how this ice loss will unfold and how long it will take. A conservative estimate is that it could take several centuries at least. The region contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by 4 feet (1.2 meters).
Four feet....and LAX is 125 feet above sea level. SFO airport is also mentioned by Brown...and its elevation is 13 feet above sea level. Governor Brown is a gross error with his claims.