Monday, September 30, 2019

Climate Change: The future comes to Nelson

The moon is at perigee at the moment, which means Nelson got a soggy glimpse of its future:

Nelson has been inundated with seawater during a 4.6 metre king tide.

A king tide flooded several streets near the CBD and encroached houses in the low-lying Monaco area early in the afternoon.


King tide inundation is not an uncommon occurrence around Nelson, with Wakatu Square carpark flooding early last year in a 4.5m tide event.

Look at the photos. Now imagine them with an extra half-metre (by 2050) or 1.2 metres (by 2100). Those homes and businesses pictured would be flooded. That's nelson's future, its everyone's future, unless we both cut emissions to zero and start drawing down carbon rapidly.