Can it be business as usual for us? Why weren’t King Tides a big problem before? What has changed?
What kind of impact will it have on all that land reclamation taking place around us. Already, parts of the coastline of Butterworth have been hit by erosion.
According to the US Department of Ecology:
“Some of the highest tides of the year occur in the winter. These tides, referred to as “King Tides,” occur naturally when the sun and the moon align, causing an increased gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans. This winter king tides occur November through February…
“King Tides give scientists and citizens a peak into one way climate change will impact our lives. As global temperatures rise, the oceans warm slightly and expand, ice caps and glaciers melt, and more precipitation falls as rain instead of snow. This causes sea levels to rise.
“These rising sea levels are expected to:
- Intensify flooding in coastal areas, especially during high tides and major storms
- Shift coastal beaches inland
- Threaten structures, roads, utilities and other coastal land uses
- Increase coastal bluff erosion, endangering houses and other structures built near the bluff edges
- Threaten coastal freshwater and coastal aquifers (underground water supplies)”
But in the meantime, can we continue to pretend to carry on business as usual? Unfortunately, our corporate media rarely highlight climate change for reasons best known to themselves.