Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sea Level Rise on the North Shore...

We’ve all seen and heard conflicting stories about what Sea Level Rise means to us now and in the future.

Forget the six feet of water in the streets of downtown.

It’s nonsense.

The North Pole, South Pole, and Greenland are not going to suddenly melt and flood The Ocean.

We do face stronger coastal storms, bringing record flood tides on a regular basis.


We cannot even consider seawalls or barriers of any sort.

Look at the lay of the land around you.

Anything diverting flood tides from commercial harbors and waterfront development will drive water further along the coast and flood the marshes and low lying areas in every direction..

This will inundate acres of property.

That cannot be ignored.

It’s not just the flooding.

The biggest problem will be The EPA and other Environmental Groups.

It’s impossible to estimate the levels of Petro Chemicals and Heavy Metals that are in the ground around our coastlines.

Especially here on The North Shore where unfettered commercial activities took place all along this coastline for centuries.

There is still an automotive junk/recycling yard directly on The Harbor in Lynn.

Think of all the old factories along the water’s edge between Boston and Gloucester.

Flooding will carry poisonous waste directly back out into The Ocean when the tide recedes.

“Welcome Environmental Groups”.

In today’s world this will be a major economic disaster for any community.

And, it will put an immediate halt to any and all waterfront development efforts currently under way in said locale.

Read that again.

One major coastal storm diverted away from coastal development will send new levels of flooding up rivers, estuaries, and throughout the marshlands.

This will be an environmental disaster.


Future plans for cities and towns everywhere will come to a screeching halt.

FEMA and the EPA will rule our world.

Local economies will get worse, not better.

In that case, what are we going to do?

First of all…

None of this is going to happen tomorrow.

We may very well get the worst coastal storm in history at any moment.

But that is not an example of Sea Level Rise.

It is caused by the precursor to Sea Level Rise, Ocean Warming.

Earth’s Ocean is getting warmer.

Warmth from the Southern Ocean is spreading North, up the US East Coast, carried by the Gulf Stream.

Tropical Storms will have warmer water to feed off; carrying their full force further North than ever in History.

Like I said, record tidal surges are the precursor to Sea Level Rise.

A Century from now the same coastal storms will be travelling North with Sea Level two feet higher.

That is not a pretty picture for the US East Coast.

A Century from now, not tomorrow morning.

In recent months, every town, city, county, and state along the East Coast has made bold announcements of their intention to protect the citizenry with barriers and seawalls.

Obviously, this is an overreaction to Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects along the NJ and NY coasts.

That’s where the big money is.

The big money says, “Our investments deserve to be protected from this oncoming threat.”

Local politicians counter with, “We’ll build a seawall. It’s under control.”

If all the seawalls and barriers projected along the US East Coast are implemented, we will see Cape Cod from New Bedford to The Canal turn back into Coastal Marsh as the entire Ocean is driven over the land.

Look at a map.

It’s pretty obvious.

Stopping The Atlantic Ocean is beyond folly.

It has to go somewhere.

All of which brings us back to my situation in Lynn.

I have been on this case since before you ever heard about Sea Level Rise.

I know as much about what is likely to happen as anyone alive today.

And, I have a greater natural affinity for Earth’s Shoreline and the effect Humans have along our coastlines than anyone else...anywhere.


My long term investment in Lynn’s Waterfront and The Harbor is in jeopardy.

There’s more than a rooting interest here.

We are not helpless in this advancing crisis.

In fact I have several things in the works which can make Sea Level Rise into an enormous economic boom for the entire region.

With common sense and careful planning, we have a Century to get things together.

Here’s a good place to start.

Click the seashell.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Noth Shoa...The Future...


Noth o' Boston
along the coast

is the place on Earth
I love the most.

Livin' here
on the ol' Noth Shoa

one thing's certain
it ain't the same no moah.

It's changin' from the seaside.

It's changin' on the shoa.

Like I said 
it ain't the same no moah.


Nuthin' is, ya know. What are we gonna do? 

Hmmmm! I've got a great idea.

Lynn Maritime Future Center
Global Solutions from the ol' Noth Shoa

Here we go.

Ready whenever anyone else is.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Boston's Noth Shoa in The 21st Century...

The Noth Shoa of Boston, Massachusetts, USA is more than just the stretch of coastline from Beantown to Cape Ann.

It's a state of mind.

The Noth Shoa State of Mind is awash in Maritime History, thriving on impressions of our Seafaring Past.

Our stock in trade is all about what once was...what use ta be.

Heads up, Folks!

This is no longer your same old Noth Shoa.

Change is afoot.

It's All About The Shoreline.

Earth's Ocean is getting bigger and threatening shorelines all over The Planet.

Climate Change is seeing to that.

Science says that Global Warming from Climate Change is causing The Ocean to warm and expand.

No matter what you or I may believe about Climate Change, whether man-made, natural phenomenon, or just plain BS ( ie...not happening at all ), governments, corporations, and large financial institutions have begun investing in preparations for a Century of slow, steady sea level rise and the threat of more and more huge coastal storms.

Coastal insurance rates have already begun rising in anticipation of this potential long range threat.

This makes sense when you realize that Global Maritime Commerce begins at The Shoreline.

Global Maritime Commerce makes the big wheel turn.

If 8,000,000,000 of us are going to thrive on Planet Earth the big wheel must keep turning.

Maritime Commerce fuels The Future.

Smart Money has invested all their eggs in the Coastal Development Basket for decades.

These individuals and corporate entities cannot afford to have their investments washed away by rising seas and increasingly severe weather.

Guess who's gonna pay for this plan of action?

We are.

One way or other, the public faces decades of escalating costs in advance of sea level rise...even if it never happens.

Like I said...Smart Money is betting on sea level rise and severe coastal storms.

Iacta Alea Est...the die is we go.

For the image links at right of page...background material...helpful and enlightening.

Stay tuned for regular updates...


Turn Climate Change and rising Sea Level from crisis to opportunity with forward thinking, sustainable, environmentally sound utilization of the region's resources.

Focus on Lynn Harbor as the Economic Hub of this region.

Concentrate our efforts on The 21st Century Nexus...Climate Change...Maritime Commerce...Satellite Telecommunications...Global Economy...

Use said focus and concentration to develop Boston's Noth Shoa into a Global Economic Force for The 21st Century.

This is bigger than Cod.


Thank you for taking time to read this a's a link to a free the pic below...enjoy!


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Climate Change...

Since this project is based primarily on the anticipated effects of Climate Change, and we have already acknowledged that the subject is rife with doubt and confusion, here's my take.

First of all, the term itself, Climate Change, is a poor choice.

Earth's Climate has been changing regularly since long before there was us.

We just woke up one day and started taking notice of these changes because the potential outcome threatens our way of life.

This is about changes to our niche.

Change is always accompanied by fear and doubt.

This case multiplies the fear and doubt with the nagging question of, "Is this our fault, and what, if anything, can we do?".

This is a Niche Altering Event.

So let's start off by calling it such.

Niche Change is the term I prefer.

The next point is to confront the man-made v. natural occurrence part.

This can be solved by simply realizing that We Are Nature.

The whole concept of man-made v. natural is ridiculous.

What we do on Planet Earth is as much a part of the natural course of events as the Sun rising in the East.

Our behavior, smart, dumb, good, bad, or otherwise, is natural.

And it seems that our most enduring natural tendency is to take until it's used up and move on.

All of a sudden, we have been hit with the notion that there is no place else.

There's no more moving on to greener pastures.

We've messed up our environment, and there's nowhere left to start over.

These destructive actions, taken in the name of progress and commerce, while potentially deadly to us, have little or no effect on Planet Earth.

She withstood much worse for countless Eons, long before we arrived.

This is about us, not The Planet.

Earth will keep on spinning, with us or without us onboard.

So we better get together and start taking better care of Our Niche.

Which brings us back to the idea of Climate Change and rising Sea Level.

The two have become the twin poster children of our current state of affairs, and nobody knows for sure if they're real.

That's quite a state of affairs.

Stay Tuned...


Why Lynn Harbor...?

There are several reasons.

Starting with the simple fact that Lynn Harbor has absolutely zero Maritime Heritage standing in the way.

Lynn has never been a commercial port, the home of large fishing fleets, seafood processors or any of the other old timey industries that left behind acres of derelict vessels, docks, and piers in and around most of the harbors along the NE Coast.

There's nothing standing in the way, and there is 21st Century infrastructure along its shoreline.

Lynn Harbor is centrally located on The Noth Shoa, well sheltered, and perfectly suited for my first suggestion.

I mentioned the infrastructure along the shoreline.

General Electric's jet engine plant sits directly on a tidal inlet bordering Lynn Harbor, within FEMA's newly redefined flood danger zone.

Nearby is a waste to energy, trash burning, electric generating plant.

Not far down the same road is a Massachusetts Electric distribution/switching hub.

Access to "The Grid" sits right next to Lynn Harbor.

That sounds like Serendipity to me.

General Electric surely faces increasing expenses from insurance and remediation along the water.

My plan will enable GE to confront these upcoming changes in advance.

GE can work with The Lynn Maritime Future Center to develop a tidal generator intended to sit on the bottom at the outflow of Lynn Harbor.

The generator will reverse with the tide providing 24/7/365 output.

This system will be plugged directly into "The Grid".

Tidal Generation will become the basis of an new industry as GE develops super efficient generators via their vast turbine and electrical knowledge.

Who could be better suited for this project?


Everyone involved with GE from the ghost of Thomas Edison to local guy, and ex GE CEO, Jack Welch should be excited about this idea.

News of this proposal will generate Global interest in Lynn Harbor and provide jobs as GE gears up for this new technology.

This will draw investment to the region, and start providing the revenue certain to be needed as we combat upcoming changes.

LMFC and GE will create the $$$ that will soon be needed to maintain Lynn Harbor and its Environs before the caca hits the fan.

Those are the practical reasons why Lynn Harbor is my choice.

Equally important is the simple fact that Lynn is my home town and it would really please me to make this happen here.

Tidal Power is just the beginning.

All it takes is doing.

Ready whenever anyone else is!

Picture space vehicles being launched by balloon from a barge near Egg Rock, and returning to Lynn Harbor for recycling...



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