Climate Change?

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Free lance writer and editor. Author of a dozen books, husband of one wife, father of six, grandpa of ten.
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  1. When people use the term “climate change” most people take it to mean anthropogenic climate change–that is, man-caused climate change. Not all climate change is man-made; indeed, for most of history, man has done relatively little that could impact the climate on a large scale, but the climate changed anyway.
    There are riverbanks a hundred feet below water that were once above shore in many places around the world. The sea level was lower during the ice age, for a thousand years or so after the Flood of Noah. (See for example.) As the ice melted after that, it covered the lower parts of those riverbanks that are under water today. Cities were also covered; reportedly there are places off the coasts of England, Egypt, and Japan where ancient buildings have been found. That’s climate change too, and the ocean levels rose from it. But it was not man-caused, as climate change is almost always assumed to be today.
    Sea levels have risen slowly for the last 3,500 years, with only small and occasional drops. That King Tides in Fort Lauderdale would slowly become higher is to be expected; come to think of it, the writer did not mention that it was King tide; maybe he assumed everyone would know. And maybe we assume too often that people know that climate change is not primarily caused by man, even today.

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