The overwhelming majority of climate scientists, international governmental bodies, and research institutes all agree: climate change is real. And with that comes sea level rise. What is unclear, however, is how fast it may happen.
The Coastal Resources Commission is taking a more cautious approach with regards to documenting sea level rise. The group’s science panel became a lightning rod when it was suggested it didn’t consider differing viewpoints on climate change – an assertion the board disputes. Legislation was introduced that required them to come out with another assessment in 2016 that says all available data must be considered. Commission chairman Bob Emory says that’s fine and that’s what they were doing anyway.