You Can’t Ignore SCIENCE!
With CO2 levels rising, we’re starting to harken back to those days, as science tells us, that sea levels swamped the land. Well, we think that’s what science tells us, because that’s all that news is telling us that science tells us. But that might not be what science is telling us…
Not so much, according to new research.
The idea that the seas were 35 metres higher 3 million years back comes mainly from scientists examining ancient high-tide marks found along coastal cliffs and scarps – particularly some often-used ones on the US eastern seaboard. By determining the ages of the rocks and marks, scientists have come to the conclusion that the seas were much, much higher then – and thus, that the Greenland ice and large parts of the Antarctic ice as well must have been melted at the time.
According to a crew of top boffins led by Professor David Rowley of Chicago uni, the problem with this is that over these sorts of timescales, areas of the Earth’s crust rise and fall as much as the sea does. And nobody thus far has taken account of that – it has just been assumed that the rocky coasts have remained fixed with respect to the centre of the Earth, which means that the studies thus far have been – basically – wrong.
Oh, continental drift? Yea, we forgot about that when we were predicting doom.
Look, I’m down with the fact that the environment is changing. It always changes. Is it because we humans are so positively messing up the planet that we’ll not survive as a species? I doubt it. Of course, I have no proof. So therefore, I’m not out predicting that we’re all going to die of being dumb, which would be legitimate given how, um, dumb we can be.
What I do argue is that people take one piece of science and come to a stunning conclusion. While I’m happy to cite contrarian intelligence to make an argument against, I’m not doing it to say my point is right. I’m testing the corner cases to see if your theories and strategies hold up. If all that does is make you mad, then maybe your theories and strategies aren’t really that good.
But enjoy your little panic. It gets the blood flowing.