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Climate Change Scientists Say Pacific Islands Growing Not Drowning

by | 3rd, June 2010

THE islands in the Pacific are sinking. They will drown. So goes the climate change mantra. Oxfam warned:

More than 75 million people living on Pacific islands will have to relocate by 2050 because of the effects of climate change…

Al Gore told movie goers in An Inconvenient Truth:

That’s why the citizens of these Pacific nations have all had to evacuate to New Zealand

Tuvalu’s Prime Minister told the United Nations in 2003:

The threat is real and serious, and is of no difference to a slow and insidious form of terrorism against us.

Art knew:

At an exhibition launched at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum this week, an environment expert, Rob Gell, says it is virtually a foregone conclusion that Tuvalu will be uninhabitable within the next 50 years.

But news is that the climate refugees might be ok:

Climate scientists have expressed surprise at findings that many low-lying Pacific islands are growing, not sinking.

Islands in Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia are among those which have grown, largely due to coral debris, land reclamation and sediment …

Auckland University’s Associate Professor Paul Kench, a member of the team of scientists, says the results challenge the view that Pacific islands are sinking due to rising sea levels associated with climate change.

“Eighty per cent of the islands we’ve looked at have either remained about the same or, in fact, gotten larger,” he said …

“We’ve now got evidence the physical foundations of these islands will still be there in 100 years.”

Al Gore’s convenient ark might have room for us all yet. As Dr Vincent Gray said:

But Tuvalu reminds me of a comic song I used to sing of Gracie Fields called “He’s dead but he won’t lie down”. Tuvalu persistently refuses to subside .

In cany case, fat floats:

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UAE has the world’s 11th fattest population. Only Egypt, the US, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Nicaragua rank higher.

Such are the facts…



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