Living Dangerously… Beach Erosion or Global Warming?

I just noticed this youtube clip that was posted by youtube user puuikibeach, however he doesn’t identify the beach other then what he says below:

Seasonal beach erosion, Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii.
13 September 2009.

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I sure wouldn’t ever purchase that house that is at the end of the video that’s for sure.  I would say this house is going to be toast with the rising sea levels and a good storm.

3 Responses

  1. Just realized I ended my last comment rather abruptly. Didn’t mean too, however, the four little keiki from next door came over to see my dog and feed my koi fish and I hit submit comment before answering the door. So sorry!

  2. My thoughts on the subject: erosion on beaches is an age-old problem. It will always plague coastal areas. It really has nothing to do with global warming.
    They keep talking about all the icebergs melting and creating a rise in sea levels. Do this experiment: Take a glass and fill it (over the top) with ice cubes. Now, put water up to the brim of the cup. Or, but a block of ice in a cooler and fill the rest completely up with water. Let it sit for a couple of hours. Come back. Let me know if the glass/cooler has overflowed or not. Same prinicple w/ the icebergs melting. The mass will not change.
    Let’s not forget that little thing called “evaporation” either.

    • I’d say you started the first comment too abruptly, too.

      Try this experiment: fill a pan with water and put it in the bathtub. Then cover the pan with a thick slab of ice (you know, kind of like a glacier). Watch the melting ice totally overflow the pan. And remember, glaciers and ice sheets cover 10 percent of the world’s land area. Where do you think the water from all those retreating glaciers is going?

      Your simplistic and misleading explanation also does not take into account the difference in relative densities between seawater and freshwater ice.

      And simplistic doesn’t begin to explain your comment about global warming not having anything to do with the rise in sea level, but I’ll leave it at that.

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