You have got to be kidding me. Just for the record, the study doesn’t actually alter the “prediction of rising seas” in your lifetime — or your grandchildren’s lifetimes — one inch.
UPDATE: Someone read me the print headline, which is equally dreadful (if not worse): “Study projects seas rising by half of earlier forecasts.“ Not!
More accurate would be Reuters, “West Antarctic ice threat revised down; still dire.“ It’s a good headline because it is specific and focuses on what matters to readers.
Time‘s headline — Sea Level Rise Overestimated, But Things Still Look Grim — is not as good as Reuter’s because it drops the specificity about Antarctica (and thus creates ambiguity), but it is better than the NYT‘s, since it again focuses on the bottom line to readers.
This study is not about a projection of “sea level rise” or “rising seas” as most people understand those terms and as those terms have been widely used, which is to say, a projection of sea level rise in a time frame people care about — namely the rest of this century. More important, most every recent study that does make such projections has sharply increased expected SLR this century compared to the 2007 IPCC “consensus” forecast, as I discuss below.
Let’s simply assert that what my father taught me — and what legions of editors know — is true: A large fraction of people never get beyond the headline. And even fewer get past the first paragraph.
Now if you read the Reuters lede, you’d learn something: