Sinking Islands and Global Warming

Remember the silly Copenhagen Climate Conference last year? Perhaps you remember the impassioned plea of the Tuvalu delegate to the conference on behalf of radical restrictions on fossil fuels in order to stop the supposed destruction of his tiny island?

Well, it is all bunk. According to Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet which runs regularly in the Albuquerque Journal (and is available online), Pacific coral atolls, once feared to be disappearing due to rising sea levels, are about the same size or actually larger than they were 60 years ago.

It turns out that predictions that global warming would create rising seas that would inundate low-lying islands are just wrong. In fact, 43 percent of the islands remained stable in size while another 43 percent grew. Sounds like pretty dramatic expansion to me! Oh well, you know what Queen said “Another one bites the dust!”

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