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  •  And it's been happening for 15-20 years now. (14+ / 0-)

    My family has summer property on Lake Huron on the Straits of Mackinac.  Starting about 15 years ago, when they opened up for the summer, I'd hear my dad lament "Water's down another foot this year," meaning he "gained" another foot of shoreline, but the water was further out.

    I'd kind of roll my eyes about that, and the various conspiracy theories as to why, and tell him "it's cyclical, it'll be back", etc.

    Still hasn't come back...and now we know why, but it's not a crazy conspiracy theory...it's science.

    Cake or DEATH? Oh, I'll have cake, please.

    by wmtriallawyer on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:37:25 AM PDT

    •  At first that was a good thing. (8+ / 0-)

      My family owns a place on the north shore of Lake Erie in Ontario.  During the record high water of the 80's we damn near lost the place.  (Offshore industrial sand pumping sure wasn't helping either ).  I remember being there while heavy waves washed right up to the foundation.  While it was good that shorelines stabalized in the 90's, we now have over 100 yards of beach between us and the lake.  And on the bay side of our little peninsula, a lot of docks are unusable or need to be extended.  

      I tend to vote for Democrats because they're not Republicans. I tend to hate Democrats when all they offer me is not being Republicans.

      by Fantastic on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 12:08:41 PM PDT

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    •  Longer than that, (4+ / 0-)

      but noticeable for that long.

      I remember going to a global warming conference in 1992 where they were talking about how long they'd been studying it, and the long term implications, and how much political inertia there was against doing anything.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 03:59:36 PM PDT

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