the November 26, 2010 New York Times headline claims:

And believe you me, from traveling around the world, I know firsthand that these headlines from NYT get picked up by the newspapers of countries everywhere.  They cannot afford to do their own original research. So they simply repeat the dogma. But the editors put these headlines to make a political point, and NYT has always been on the bandwagon of man-made catastrophic climate change. So this fits their agenda.

So what is the truth behind the headline?  Like many other cities, Norfolk was built on filled-in marsh. Now that fill is settling and compacting. In addition, the city is in an area where significant natural sinking of land is occurring. The result is that Norfolk has experienced the highest relative increase in sea level on the East Coast — 14.5 inches since 1930, according to readings by the Sewells Point naval station there.

Amazing isn’t it?  NORFOLK is the only city to experience this high water increase in the sea level on the entire East coast. Think about it.  My husband, Gunter, the physicist, says that “mother nature must have designed a new system for gravity and how water seeks its own level.”  I wonder what that is. The new theory must be that the water in this particular area of the ocean is “X” inches higher than the water in the adjacent but SAME ocean a few hundred miles away!  Call it “Y.”  You can conduct your own experiment:  Just fill a pan partway with water.  Add some stones, or just add a few kitchen utensils.  Now watch the water rise.  Then mark another stone or utensil NORFOLK. Does the water around it rise more or does the water rise evenly all inside the pan?

One has to wonder if the problem is that it’s NOT the water rising, BUT the LAND sinking, but I guess that logic does not fit into the global environmental alarmists’ theory that the sky is falling.

Have the so-called “science writers” gone crazy?  From the article: “We are the front lines of climate change,” said Jim Schultz, a science and technology writer who lives on Richmond Crescent near Ms. Peck. “No one who has a house here is a skeptic.” Politics aside, the city of Norfolk is tackling the sea-rise problem head on, the article emphasizes.

I’ll bet they are.  And they should, if their land is sinking.

Islands are indeed sinking in the South Pacific and in the Indian Ocean.  This happens because most of them are coral atolls, and as they age, the land sinks. But the ocean levels do not rise just around them—only in their part of the sea. Think back to the pan experiment.

Those of you who are interested in geography and science can investigate this further by going to the diagram on my website in the story: “The Enlightened Environmentalist at You can go on to read the true story of Melanesian Carteret islanders, touted as the first global warming refugees by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting System) and later picked up by BBC and CNN.  And then continue to Part III of the story to find what Gunter and I discovered about the “sinking islands” of the Maldives, where they mined their coral reefs for construction material.

New York Times: get with it!  Don’t ask us to defy logic. As Barnum supposedly said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”