Picture showing how much water is on the Earth:
Rather nice how they’ve drained the oceans and got the ice from Greenland too.
It’s a slightly scary picture too (although I don’t think it’s intended to be). It looks like the big sphere could roll like a marble over the surface of the Earth, bouncing a bit over mountain ranges, and finally maybe even bouncing right off the surface of the Earth, and becoming a new satellite of the Earth.
Other people really are trying to scare people (my added emphases):
New Climate Report Suggests NYC Could Be Under Water Sooner Than Predicted
Turns out sea levels may be on track to rise by more than double the unsettling figure climate scientists previously projected, and all within a century. A new study, released Monday, predicts a rise of 6.6 feet by 2100, if global temps warm by 9 degrees Fahrenheit…
The report’s lead author, Jonathan Bamber, professor of physical geography at the University of Bristol, emphasized to the BBC that the odds of achieving the 5-degree warming disaster model are about 5 percent, and certainly avoidable if we take aggressive steps to scale back emissions…yesterday? years, decades ago? right freakin’ NOW? All the above, probably, so regardless, 5 percent odds should alarm you.
“If I said to you that there was a one in 20 chance that if you crossed the road you would be squashed you wouldn’t go near it,” Bamber told the BBC. “Even a 1 percent probability means that a one in a hundred year flood is something that could happen in your lifetime. I think that a 5 percent probability, crikey—I think that’s a serious risk.”
Jonathan Bamber wants to scare people. They’ve been scaring people for a long time. From 2011:
Sea Level Rise Could Turn New York Into Venice, Experts Warn
“A lot of New York City is less than 16 feet above mean sea level,” he said. “Lower Manhattan, some points are five feet above sea level. These areas are vulnerable and New York City knows it. Compared to other cities, which are only now beginning to wake up to this issue, I think New York City is much further ahead…”
In this scenario, New York in 200 years looks like Venice. Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have melted ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica and raised our local sea level by six to eight feet. Inundating storms at certain times of year swell the harbor until it spills into the streets. Dozens of skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan have been sealed at the base and entrances added to higher floors. The streets of the financial district have become canals.
This makes it sound like Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets are just like big freezer ice cubes slowly melting in a glass on a hot summer day. And that’s probably how a lot of people think about it. That’s the model they use: melting ice cubes. They don’t seem to know that about as much ice is being added on top of the ice sheets as is being subtracted from them at their perimeter. The ice sheets are like rivers – frozen rivers. Worrying about ice sheets melting is like worrying that rivers will run dry if water keeps on flowing out of them into the sea. Did you know that it takes only 3 months for water to flow from the headwaters of the Mississippi river to the Gulf of Mexico? Three months! That’s all you’ve got! Grab some water while stocks last!
Al Gore has been on the scare-mongering bandwagon for a long time. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a new arrival on the scene with her Green New Deal. As far as I can see almost all the Democrat presidential candidates are on board the climate change scare-mongering bandwagon.
That’s our politics these days. The politics of panic. They’re trying to stampede people into doing things they wouldn’t otherwise do.
It started with the tobacco scare, and moved on to the environmental tobacco smoke scare. Now the same scare tactics are being used with absolutely everything, including Brexit.