Why Climate Change Matters – Science Wed

Just read about a group of outdoors sporting organizations asked President Obama to take action on climate change. Those groups included the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, Ducks Unlimited, TU and others.

Thought I’d share some thoughts about why climate change matters for you, the angler interested in pursuing bonefish.

While I can envision a future where water temps in the SF Bay support resident populations of bonefish, that future is likely very, very far away. However, climate change poses an immediate threat to a place we mostly all love… the Bahamas.

All you need is a one meter rise in sea levels and, well… bad things happen (source).

 1 m SLR places 36% of the major tourism
properties at risk, along with 38% of
airports, 14% of road networks and 90%
of sea ports.

Yeah… that’s not good. These places won’t be under water next year, but seas are rising faster than originally expected and it could me we have, oh, 100-150 years for a full meter sea rise.

This stuff has been here for thousands of years and it is supposed to be here for longer than just another 150.

So… it matters. It matters to me, and if you love bonefish and the Bahamas, it should matter to you.



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