The claim about acceleration of sea level rise began in about 2008 as an extension of the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming claim that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide would heat the Earth to an unliveable state this century.
This alarmism was perpetrated by the IPCC, and echoed by the ALP government and its Climate Commission.
Yet, after hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent globally, no compelling empirical evidence exists to prove those claims.
But, Eurobodalla Shire Council’s adopted Greenhouse Action Plan is a reflection of the IPCC’s alarmist claims.
It states “Eurobodalla Shire Council is now pla-
nning to accommodate projected sea level rise of 40cm by 2050 and 90cm by 2100 against the 1990 mean” (that is five times greater than its estimated sea level rise for the last century).
The Greenhouse Action Plan relies on a notional global average sea level projection (not prediction) from IPCC flawed computer models only.
The Greenhouse Action Plan has no relationship to local sea level rise.
The rate of local sea level rise change varies widely around the world, rising in many places and falling in others: what counts is what happens locally.
This requires taking into account the factors influencing the local uplift or subsidence of the substrate and the changes in sediment delivery, and what observations are available to demonstrate that there is a problem for the Eurobodalla Shire’s coast.
The emerging studies confirm that these claims in the Greenhouse Action Plan are manifestly wrong.
The State Government has begun to introduce changes to meet these realities.
But, council seems paralysed: it will not repeal its Greenhouse Action Plan and its planners seem determined not to lose their control of things.
Council should heed that information presented by Mr Lambert and Mr Bernard.
Above all, council and its planners need to get ethical advice from scientific authorities that are not beholden to the IPCC or the Climate Commission.