NASA Report Predicts 1 Foot Sea Level Rise by 2050!

A sobering illustration of what the effects of Climate Change could look like in the future.

Greetings to you! In this blog, I’ll continue talking about climate change and its devastating warming effect on our planet.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, “The science is very clear, as climate change continues to progress, so will its effects. Sea levels will rise up to a foot by 2050.”

Both NASA and NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) have concluded that, “Sea levels along the U.S. coastlines will, on average, rise between 10 and 12 inches above today’s levels by 2050. This means that, in just 30 years, ocean height could rise as much as it has risen in the past 100 years.” NOAA Administrator, Rich Spinrad said during a February 15, 2022 news conference, “What we’re reporting out today is historic.”

NASA’s Bill Nelson added more sobering news stating, “It’s past time to take action to address this climate crisis. The science of the last 20 years has settled the question of human behavior that is driving this climate change.” Nelson continued and said, “It’s important to underscore that this [newest] report supports previous studies and confirms what we’ve known all along. Sea levels are continuing to rise at a very alarming rate and it’s endangering communities around the world. Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, ocean surface temperatures to warm and moisture to build in the atmosphere. All of these facts are leading to more intense and destructive storms.”

The researchers explained that this latest report, “… is the update to a 2017 report and it forecasts sea levels all the way to 2150. However, this is the first time that the report has projected sea levels just 30 years into the future; earlier reports have only examined the effects over longer timescales.”

A statement from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California states, “Agencies at the federal, state, and local levels use these reports to inform their plans on anticipating and coping with the effects of sea level rise.” Bill Nelson added, “NASA is steadfast in our commitment to protecting our home planet by expanding our monitoring capabilities and continuing to ensure our climate data is not only accessible but understandable. Over the next decade, NASA is going to put up five great observatories … to give us precision in our understanding of what’s happening to the atmosphere, to the ice, to the landmasses, and to the waters.”

Nelson then focused on his agency’s Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)mission. He said, “[The mission] for the first time will give us the elevation of our lakes, rivers, and streams, in addition to what we know on the elevation of the seas. NASA is currently planning to launch SWOT in November 2022, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.” Nelson added, “Other agencies on the task force, as well as the President’s administration, are serious about continuing to collect important data and working to combat the effects of climate change. This administration, the Biden-Harris administration’s response to climate change, it matches this threat, this moment requires all hands-on deck.” 

The effects of climate change need all of us to take action. This report gives you important information to act now. “All of us – government, businesses, academia, community citizens – to make a difference in the future.”

Introducing an Excellent Way to Talk to Kids about Climate Change

One awesome tool for talking to kids about climate change is to read my fourth installment in the award-winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book series. It’s titled, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole HazardIt’s about climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans.

Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard – (Lexile Measure:790L)

When you read this award-winning educational picture book to children, you’ll discover it’s a fun and fictional adventure loaded with weaved in facts on climate change and plastic pollution. This helps children learn about this serious subject in a fun and entertaining way. Here’s a brief synopsis …

Kobee Manatee, the protagonist and his seafaring pals, Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab swim from the Cayman Islands to Belize. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn clean up plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater bistro called Quinn’s Seagrass Café.

On their Caribbean journey they encounter harmful effects of climate change and plastic pollution. As if that wasn’t enough, several other unforeseen problems occur with a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-of-war, and a venomous scorpionfish. They’re all amazed when they discover the extraordinary Great Blue Hole. Then their adventure takes another crazy turn when Pablo plunges into its huge abyss!

Each page includes in-depth, scientific details on climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans with Dr. Tracy FanaraInspector Planet & NOAA Scientist. Tracy can be seen on The Weather Channel as a visiting expert and she’s also seen on their “Weird Earth” segments.

We already have Fantastic Reviews on this New Release!

“A well-crafted, thoughtful, and well-illustrated addition to a noteworthy educational book series.” Kirkus Reviews

“Robert Scott Thayer presents an important environmental message in an engaging story with wonderful characters. Anyone who loves the ocean and wants to help save it should read Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. I’m looking forward to the next Kobee Manatee adventure.”   Readers’ Favorite

For young readers who enjoy imaginative tales surrounding affable and heroic sea creatures, as well as parents and/or teachers looking for a way to introduce youngsters to the importance of marine conservation, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard offers a perfect blend. Highly recommended– Chanticleer Book Reviews

Keep watching for more of my updates on climate change!

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

~ Kobee Manatee

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