Articles by Will Travis

About Will Travis

Will Travis is a consultant, writer, teacher and speaker on climate change, and particularly sea level rise adaptation. He has over forty years of experience in California coastal management, including 17 years at the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

The Shoreline of the Future: Permanently Temporary

Hundreds of millions of years ago sea level was 600 feet higher than it is today, and at the peak of the last ice age, around 20,000 years ago, sea level was almost 400 feet lower than now. “So,” climate change skeptics say, “sea level goes up. Sea level goes down. It’s a natural cycle so if sea level rises again, we’ve dealt with before so we can deal with it again.”

The skeptics are wrong on both counts. The sea level rise we’re experiencing now is not “natural,” and “we” (civilized humans) have never dealt with rising sea level.

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