Current Methods May Underestimate Thames’ Sea Level Rise – Study

But New Method Accurately Measures Shallow Land Subsidence

In previous posts I have highlighted how land subsidence in the Lower Firth of Thames, and along the Thames foreshore significantly increases the risk of sea level rise.  The subsidence rate has to be ADDED to the sea level rise rate.  I also posted how a recent study in San Francisco Bay calculated that the areas which could be flooded from the sea could be doubled when land subsidence is taken into account.

A new study suggests that sea level tidal gauges do not properly account for land subsidence, severely underestimating the amount of sea level rise in coastal areas like Thames and the Hauraki Plains. Read More »

Sand to Mud

Intensive farming, mining and forestry has turned our estuaries from sand to mud and losing productive soil.

Since Parliament’s Select Committee reported back on the Thames-Coromandel District Councils Mangrove Management Bill there has been no public reaction from the Council.  After being all gung-ho about their Bill the strange silence from the Council is probably because the Select Committee gutted the Bill by limiting its cover to only mangroves in the Whangamata harbour and recommended stringent other controls on mangrove removal. Read More »

TCDC’s Mangrove Management Bill Gutted By Parliament Select Committee

Parliament’s Governance and Administration Select Committee has given a huge rebuff to TCDC’s proposals for a local Mangrove Management Bill.  The amendments proposed by the Select Committee effectively make the Bill a “toothless tiger”. TCDC’s aim to get wider powers to rip out mangroves willy-nilly has been thwarted.  Read More »

Mangrove Bill Not “Supported”

The Thames Coromandel District Council had their spin machine working overtime when it announced in a misleading press release that the Council’s Mangrove Management Bill was “supported by all the parties, apart from the Greens”.

Often, a majority of Members of Parliament vote for even really stupid Local Bills like this one at the First Reading so that the Bill can to be sent to the to the Select Committee and public submissions can be heard.  

That First Reading vote does mean that those same members “support” the Bill.  All they are doing in voting for a First Reading is to ensure that the public gets a say at the Select Committee.  Read More »