|James Edward Hansen is an American adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.|
Every year the University of Miami hosts a 2 day seminar on Climate Change training people like me how to talk about the subject. They have for the last 6 years. I went this year and it is not a jolly-fest that is for sure. I learned a lot and sat next to the charming and intelligent Jose Regalado. The seminar was sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Geological Sciences, and the Cleo Institute.
Besides the impressive presentations about sea level rise by scientists, there was one by 16 year old Delaney Reynolds who is making an amazing contribution. She founded The Sink or Swim Project.
I give the whole seminar 5 stars (the food was amazing too). Best cookies, lox and bagels, etc. breakfast and lunch were both a feast. I recommend you all go next year, and go without eating first. Join the Cleo Institute and they will announce the dates.
I asked Geology Professor Harold Wanless about the the clay layer 140 feet or so down that Miami Beach folks are talking about. Would that be a stable base for a seawall? You can't hold back the sea water with a wall on limestone, the water will just seep up under it, limestone is too porous. Wanless believes you have to go 1,000 feet at least to find a proper bed for a seawall. I think that would be expensive. So there is your answer to mitigation Marco Rubio. You can't pump, pump, pump water out forever. Have you given the mitigation you recommend any thought whatsoever? I came away with the belief that: Most of Florida is up shit's creek with our limestone geology and Marco Rubio has given up on his home State when it comes to sea level rise.