GDC ready for sea rises . . .

LETTER

Bob Hughes warns us we can expect sea levels to eventually be six metres higher because of global warming, and is concerned properties along our coastal areas continue to be developed.

Well, most of us won’t be around then but I note Gisborne District Council seems to have been listening to Bob and has secretly planned accordingly — making their new waka building in actual fact another Noah’s Ark. Will history repeat itself?

Meng Foon has listened too. His own personal safety life boat, the red waka, already hangs over the entranceway ready for him to paddle to higher ground.

So if Bob’s fears happen unexpectedly and soon, the survival of the human race could rest with GDC staff.

Alain Jorion

Bob Hughes warns us we can expect sea levels to eventually be six metres higher because of global warming, and is concerned properties along our coastal areas continue to be developed.

Well, most of us won’t be around then but I note Gisborne District Council seems to have been listening to Bob and has secretly planned accordingly — making their new waka building in actual fact another Noah’s Ark. Will history repeat itself?

Meng Foon has listened too. His own personal safety life boat, the red waka, already hangs over the entranceway ready for him to paddle to higher ground.

So if Bob’s fears happen unexpectedly and soon, the survival of the human race could rest with GDC staff.

Alain Jorion

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Bob Hughes - 14 days ago
There?s an old saying, many a true word hath been spoke in jest.
In my last column I too praised the council for their ?discussion on the proposed Zero Carbon Bill?.
On this page, and online, my environment concerns continue to draw strong opposition responses. Thank you Alain.
While I?m about it, I also thank those who help quell my concerns for our future with their sound scientific support.
More so now, as the escalating severity of worldwide climate events becomes more obvious and frightening.
I urge others who are caught up in the immediate to take note and become more aware of the forecast coming crisis.
More so those much younger than myself and Mr Jorian.
Regarding the consequences of rising seas, Alain reminded me that he and I won?t be around then.
Professor James Renwick of Victoria?s School of Geography has warned us of continuing warming seas, glacial melting and sea level rise. On the current trajectory, temperatures could rise by 4 or 5 degrees or more this century.
On July 30, in a footnote here, he said we may have postponed the next ice age by 50,000 years because our emitting has pushed our atmospheric CO2 levels up to where they were 3 million years ago.
The well informed are already aware of this. But it is action we need.
To my Dodging the doomsday bullet column, Bill Hambridge agrees that we ?must create a zero-carbon economy at breakneck speed?. I take the liberty to rephrase some of his words.
We need to face the inconvenience and short-term costs to override the year-by-year worsening alternatives of heat-related deaths, more fires, starvation, droughts, and drowning cities etc. Thank you Bill.
All world leaders except Donald Trump promise to honour the Paris agreement to de-escalate their emissions.
We are foolish to continue our deliberate carbon emitting, promoting new highways, encouraging more cars, tourism, air travel etc.
Nowhere has there been sufficient action to limit agriculture emissions either.
In his recent Coming home to roost column, Martin Hanson wrote that we need to reduce our environmental footprint by curbing excessive consumption. This is by far the hardest part for the wealthy nations, i.e. ourselves.
It is a big ask, but that is what we must do in order to secure the future for our offspring.
To carry on as we do now is selfish madness.
Thank you Gisborne Herald and those mentioned for inspiring me to express my concern here.

Gordon Webb - 13 days ago
Bob, get a grip on practical reality. You know (but won't admit it) that even if New Zealand turned off all carbon emissions at midnight tonight it would do absolutely nothing in respect of global warming or sea level rises. But we would face economic ruin if we did exactly that. We in this country are a very, very small player. Bob, give 0800 Trump or 0800 China Coal Fire Power Company a call and see if you can get them onside.

Bob Hughes - 13 days ago
Indeed Gordon, humanity getting a grip on reality in time seems unlikely.
"Given the evidence of human history, this would seem a naive hope at the best of times. But at a time of the widespread rise of right-wing populism, and specific denial of climate change as an issue, the likelihood that the combination of factors necessary to allow humanity to navigate the planet to an acceptable intermediate state must surely be close to zero." From a NZ Herald article yesterday.

Gordon Webb - 13 days ago
You soothsayers have been around for aeons. Stop feeling miserable. Your God isn't looking after you and its risky to take a bet that she will in the future. Break loose, buy a V8 and burn some coal in your fireplace.

Wanda Harding, Southern Tier of NY - 13 days ago
Ahhh? This "letter" is very uninformed. It will not take "massive" sea level rise to affect the value of properties . . . or functioning of society. It WILL affect most of us NOW, and already is. I am very confused about this "most of us won't be around" statement. I would like to inform this person that even a few inches, etc, makes a huge difference... DURING A STORM, storm SURGE is just that . . . so, the higher the ocean, the farther in the surge goes.
DAH!

Gordon Webb - 13 days ago
So Wanda, what do good concerned citizens living in New Zealand do that will have a real practical and discernible effect on climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and sea level rises in their country? Hint, NZ contributes about 0.01% of this planet's emissions. We are not the problem.

Donald Robson - 12 days ago
Gordon Webb and Alain Jorion must be about ready to take their double act on a world tour. The Shining Wits could take their climate change jokes to places like NSW, recently declared 100 percent in drought, or California, now fighting their largest recorded forest fires. When they get back they can share their hilarity with us all over again as there's nothing quite so funny as a stuck record. Meanwhile let's all hold back from any significant attempts to prepare ourselves for a changing climate until our friends are fully onboard lest they choose to direct their searing wit at those of us who aren't giving the jokes the respect they deserve.

Gordon Webb - 12 days ago
Donald. Read my posts. What can we do in this country, given that we are not a significant player, that will have a meaningful effect? What are the significant attempts you want me to engage in?

Donald Robson - 12 days ago
Gordon. What can you do? Stop banging on about our global insignificance and potential economic meltdown, for starters.
If we swiftly adopt policies such as those espoused by Jan Wright, the recently retired parliamentary commissioner for the environment, we will be better prepared to deal with likely ramifications of climate change, regardless of our contribution to the problem.
Doing nothing isn't going to give us a better future. Planning and preparing for a lower carbon transition is going to make it less bad, so if you can't come up with a constructive contribution, why don't you keep shtum while others try to make sense of this gnarly beast.
Or join with Alain Jorion and nail your colours to the mast of unreflected blather.

Gordon Webb - 12 days ago
Donald, as I expected, you are bereft of constructive, practical ideas.

Alain JORION - 11 days ago
This is freedom of speech!

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