Wednesday, January 3, 2007

First inhabited island falls into sea

Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true. See The Independent, wikipedia and satellite view.


Jorgen said...

You are behind times and spreading false environmentalist propaganda from the Independent. The island disappeared two decades ago and due to erosion.

Tim Kevan said...

Thank you Jorgen. I accept that the islands have been flooded for some time. However, as I understand it, it is only recently that the final submergence has been confirmed. I also accept that there are some people who dispute that sea levels are rising and point to numerous other causes for the environmental changes which are happening around us. I respct their right to hold these views. However, I do not agree with them.

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

It seems to be that no matter when the island disappeared, there must be no dispute that there is mounting evidence and now is the time to be to concerned about the enironment. After all 'Time and tide wait for no man'.

Jorgen said...

No, Michelle, though scientists are getting very adept of proving things, they have not found any evidence of the existence of global warming. There is evidence for local warming and cooling. It is very nice and warm at my house in Spain, where I am right now. On the other hand, it is unusually cold in New Zealand, to mention one place. Warming / cooling move around and has always done so.

The "proof" for global warming come from computer modeling. This is no proof.

To both you and Tim: "Scientists at the School of Oceanographic Studies attribute it to erosion, not global warming, quite sensible since the Sunderbans are river delta islands"

I linked to the latest development. Try all the links and you will get the whole story, including that this erosion has gone on for centuries.

I actually don't necessarily deny global warming: we may be at the end of the last iceage or we may be at the start of the next iceage to come. I only deny the possible global warming is created by humans.

Note BTW that there is global warming on Mars!

Colin Campbell said...

Everybody who reads and quotes Tim Blair must be right on global warming. I mean he is the expert.