Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Global Warming Sinks Island? I Think Not

The Associated Press is reporting with hysteria that global warming has claimed another island in the Bay of Bengal.

NEW DELHI – For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island's gone.

New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said.

"What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra.

Scientists at the School of Oceanographic Studies at the university have noted an alarming increase in the rate at which sea levels have risen over the past decade in the Bay of Bengal.

Until 2000, the sea levels rose about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) a year, but over the last decade they have been rising about 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) annually, he said.

Another nearby island, Lohachara, was submerged in 1996, forcing its inhabitants to move to the mainland, while almost half the land of Ghoramara island was underwater, he said. At least 10 other islands in the area were at risk as well, Hazra said.

"We will have ever larger numbers of people displaced from the Sunderbans as more island areas come under water," he said.

Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 150 million people, is one of the countries worst-affected by global warming. Officials estimate 18 percent of Bangladesh's coastal area will be underwater and 20 million people will be displaced if sea levels rise 1 meter (3.3 feet) by 2050 as projected by some climate models.

This is completely bogus. First of all, they state up front that "Until 2000, the sea levels rose about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) a year," and then claim that "over the last decade they have been rising about 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) annually." So, since the year 2000, the ocean has risen a whopping TWO inches, and submerged New Moore Island. Additionally, previous islands were sunk by sea-rise rates of one inch per eight years. Really? Is that why they disappeared?

Call me skeptical, but I seriously doubt that the aforementioned islands were submerged by "global warming" causing the sea to rise, especially at such minuscule rate of rise.

There is much more to be said about these sinking islands. For one, they are located in the ever-changing Ganges River delta, a massive system of streams and mangrove swamps. Annual flooding during monsoon season and from cyclones causing much erosion.

There are many more geological factors that go into why the islands are sinking... and resurfacing, as pointed out in this post by He has another great post here, talking about the hoax of global warming and sinking islands.

Global warming (I thought it was climate change...) sinks islands? I think not...

1 comment:

  1. Great article, Jamison. There really isn't much they can say in response to the evidence you have pointed out.


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