It’s so amazing. I sometimes give in and assume, "well, I guess that global warming and sea-level rise are really happening."
Then I take a read of stuff like this interview with one of the world’s most respected sea-level experts, and I shake my head, and realize that "unbiased" information is, actually, impossible to find. Or, rather, if you find it, how could you know.
In the interview, Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner states (among other things)
From 1992 to 2002, [the graph of the sea level] was a straight line, variability along a straight line, but absolutely no trend whatsoever. We could see those spikes: a very rapid rise, but then in half a year, they fall back again. But absolutely no trend, and to have a sea-level rise, you need a trend.
Then, in 2003, the same data set, which in their [IPCC’s] publications, in their website, was a straight line—suddenly it changed, and showed a very strong line of uplift, 2.3 mm per year, the same as from the tide gauge. And that didn’t look so nice. It looked as though they had recorded something; but they hadn’t recorded anything. It was the original one which they had suddenly twisted up, because they entered a “correction factor,” which they took from the tide gauge. So it was not a measured thing, but a figure introduced from outside. I accused them of this at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow —I said you have introduced factors from outside; it’s not a measurement. It looks like it is measured from the satellite, but you don’t say what really happened. And they answered, that we had to do it, because otherwise we would not have gotten any trend!
According to the interview, even though the satellite and other worldwide data showed no sea-level rise, the data were adjusted based on the tide gauge readings of ONE SITE on the planet (Hong Kong) which, it is believed, is subsiding (sinking) in order to "fit" the data into the required trend. And then those "adjusted" data were presented as hard evidence of the sea-level change.