On sea level rise, birds

Editor:
We have walked Elsie Roemer and the Alameda beach for decades.  Rails, red-winged blackbirds and marsh sparrows are noticeably missing. We, like Dawn Lemoine, (“Alameda Wildlife,” Oct. 24,) hope they can be restored, but as she points out, the spartina replacement needs to succeed first. She says one possible reason for the five-year failure of plant growth is “rising waters.” 

It is our observation, however, that the tides are no higher than than they have been over several decades. If anything, they appear lower. The Elsie Roemer path is dry. This in a year of high rainfall. Is it possible Arctic melt will mostly evaporate, increase rainfall and cause eventual global cooling? 

Reasons to vote for the Alameda Water Quality and Flood Control tax increase also include “the impacts of climate change.” If global water rise is real, the cost of dealing with it will be enormous. Poor countries will especially unable to afford the cost.

From what I have read, a group of scientists in Climate Intelligence Foundation doubt the current climate models, and feel that carbon-dioxide mitigation methods are cruel and costly to people and the planet. 

 

David & Virginia Thompson