|The Brunswick News, Ga.|
The executive director of the
He is at a lost to understand why the issue continues to generate so many sparks between people who want to respond to scientific findings with meaningful actions and those who question the validity of what they fear could lead to more government regulation.
Parshley is especially concerned when legitimate discussions of rising sea levels become garbled when associated with the term "global warming."
"All people need to do is look around," Parshley said. "I don't have a crystal ball, so I don't try to predict the future. I go with what we're seeing, and what we're seeing is more flooding on
Scientists with the
Even the acclaimed
"People just need to be more observant," Parshley said, puzzled by nonbelievers. "Look at the marshes and look at how your flood insurance is going up. Put the pieces together, folks.
"I just go with what I see, and what I see is we need to be making plans for our infrastructure."
The rising sea level is predicted to be the result of the melting of the polar ice caps, which is a result of those two politically flammable words: global warming.
"It's so embroiled with political hyperbole, so intermingled with other issues, and with people protecting their turf, that the message is not clear," Parshley said. "It's just so wrapped up in special interests. The politics of it all has obscured any meaningful discussion."
There have been some takers of offers of help from the
To the south, in
Experts from the institute and
While the seminar will address concerns specific to
"Given the astronomical costs associated with weather-related events -- such as Superstorm Sandy -- climate change and sea level rise can no longer be viewed in environmental terms alone, and must be seen as major factors that could cripple our economy, both locally and federally," Kearns said.