Please take climate change seriously

Editor: 
I have been following the effect of climate change and potential rise in sea level for some time. I was interested in seeing what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the City of Alameda had to say. Unfortunately, neither site proved useful.  

The Alameda site got me to an “accept box,” which I did, and was presented with a map of Alameda, pretty but uninformative. The FEMA site proved not much more useful.  Here are a couple of websites which I think provide useful info with the option for what-if scenarios.

A European site shows the effect of rising sea level in meters. With patience, one can get to Alameda at flood.firetree.net.

The Seeing Climate Central site shows Alameda with its climate and allows the viewer to enter different scenarios. Visit www.seeing.climatecentral.org and type in Alameda CA USA. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate change predictions anticipate an increase of approximately one degree Centigrade by 2050. The map mentioned above shows a seven-foot sea-level rise with that scenario.  

NOAA predicts 3.5 degrees Centigrade or 6.8 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100; the map shows a 26-foot sea-level rise at that temperature. Visit the NOAA website at climate.gov.

Who is to say how realistic these predictions are? They do make our island pretty small.

 

Robert Anderson