If their islands are deluged by rising seawater, the people of the Maldives would have to evacuate, becoming the first refugees driven from their homes by global warming. Their president considers this an eventuality, not a possibility, and so he is buying up land in foreign countries and urging those countries to be prepared for an influx of people with no return destination.
President Mohamed Nasheed told the Sydney Morning Herald that his government was considering Australia as a potential new home for the Maldives' 350,000 citizens. He said Maldivians want to stay on their archipelago, but "moving was an eventuality his government had to plan for," the newspaper said. "He said he did not want his people living in tents for years, or decades, as refugees," the Herald writes.
Australia has plenty of open space and a decent climate, although Nasheed has also considered India and Sri Lanka because of their cultural similarities.
If sea levels rise as predicted over the next century — by 23 inches, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the 1,200 islands of the Maldives archipelago will largely be submerged. About 80 percent of the land mass is less than three feet above sea level, and already 14 islands have been abandoned because of erosion, the Herald says. "It is increasingly becoming difficult to sustain the islands, in the natural manner that these islands have been," Nasheed told the newspaper.
The story is similar for the island nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu, too. Tuvalu already approached the Australian government to seek immigration assistance for its 12,000 residents. But the Maldives are planning one step ahead, setting up a sovereign savings account funded by tourist revenue that will be used to buy land on higher ground. That tactic wouldn't require the bureaucratic beneficence of other nations.
What cloud are you talking about?
Colonize space, asteroids, other planets, etc. Or build floating cities above the cloud/storm layer. If the governments of the world truly cared, then money would not be an issue, nor would motivation be.
Global Warming and Cooling has been occurring before SUV’s were invented. I believe man made global warming is a misinterpretation of the data. D13 is right, the sun is hotter than ever observed, all the planets in our solar system is going through climate change…last I checked there were no SUV’s on Saturn or Neptune.
I speculated some time ago that our solar system is moving through a part of the galactic orbit that is effecting our sun’s activity….D13 can you please provide a link to the “high energy cloud”?
Also a sea level rise of 23 inches is a bit much and sounds like scare tactics.
"Its quite possible that our warming is due to the sun being more active and giving off slightly more power due to this energy field. "
The Interstellar Radiation Field is real but it isn't causing the Sun, much less the Earth, to heat up.
Well whether you believe global warming is natural, man-made, or both, it doesn't change the fact that the Maldives will unfortunately be swallowed up by the sea and its good that their leaders are actually proactive and planning ahead.
For all of you guys preaching about the sun, how do you reconcile your thoughts with the fact that we're at the peak of a solar cycle right now and that peak is lower than previous peaks that we've observed. Its not the sun.
my land is 50 feet above sea level...so lets hurry this along so i can go fishing from my back yard
Here's D13's source word for word (Google is your friend):
Note that Dmitriev is not a NASA scientist.
For some real science, here's a nice write up on the implications of the Voyager data:
While A. V. Dmitriev is, indeed, a respected solar scientist, the Dmitriev you keep quoting is A. N. Dmitriev as shown here:
long read but informative. It makes a very strong case for global warming relating to CO2, and The article is grounded in published highly criticized scientific research.
30 % increase in CO2 + deforestation to put in (black )parking lots and roofs. I'm surprised the earth has not warmed more than it has.
Also there are people that say the earth can buffer CO2, and buffer the temp increase. well guess what, it isn't.
Global warming is simply climate change which is a natural thing. This sort of incident will occur for as long as this solar system is around.
This Interstellar radiation field sounds interesting. So much about space that I still don't know. Gotta get to reading.
But yes, I think that such matters should drive endeavors to preserve society by any means necessary. Even to the extremes of moving the human race into space. We have to face the fact that even though this planet will endure until the sun burns out, it will not always be habitable for us at any given time. In order to survive, we gotta find away to survive in the harsh realm of space, and desolate worlds void of life. Then when we manage to mess this world up, we might still be able to live on it after spreading out elsewhere.
scary stuff. money should never be an issue but governments love "milking" the poor for their own agendas...
"religion is like a prison for the seekers of wisdom"
"I suggest that warming isnt caused by man. That these islands are sinking due to something out of our control."
Your entire argument in a nutshell. I prefer science. Cheers!
"The climate data has been gone over and continues to be. The only thing for certain tying it altogether is that the warming is taking place duting a time of mans revolution and use of carbon emitting technologies. That in itself is purely coincidence."
You call it coincidence. I call it cause-and-effect since the mechanism by which CO2 and temperature change are linked is a well-known physical phenomena.
Here are a few places for more information on the science behind Global Warming. Enjoy!
actually I beleive d13 is correct (but I only read his first couple posts). I have been looking at this for a while.
read that link above its from nasa themselves.
also, i read somewhere that nasa has a satellite up in space that will create a magnetic field like our magnetosphere to protect us and its 4000-5000 times more powerfull than our own magnetosphere. i wish i could find that article again.
Guys..this is serious...D13 has finally officially gone off the deep end.
D13, I won't debate the CO2/Global warming is man made issue with you quite yet, but you seem to agree with climate scientists on one point: Global warming is happening.
Is it not fair to say that, regardless of what's causing global warming, it's nevertheless an issue that we need to deal with, and soon? Even if we can't control something like the energy cloud or whatever cause it happens to be, we can still influence the end result -- for e.g., how much total energy enters the atmosphere/how it's absorbed/what happens to it/etc.
I'll refer to David Deutsche (who is not a climate scientist, but nevertheless makes a good point), who suggests "it may already be too late to reverse [climate change]," but "we may need to find ways to lower temperatures [to maintain a livable environment], or to find ways to survive at the higher temperature."
This issue, of how do we survive in the face of climate change, is the real problem here. Exactly how climate change happens is, really, a red herring (though, for the record, I do believe in CO2 being a cause of global warming, though I promised at the start of this post I wouldn't much get into that debate... yet).
If global warming exists, and if it can result in true global devastation, then we must find a way to reverse it or mitigate its impact. That's the bottom line.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." - Carl Sagan
I don't think rising sea will be a threat. As soon as a cheap source of energy is discovered, or the people are willing to put in effort, this problem can be solved.
Just dig the ocean floor and dump the earth on land above sea !!
As usual, with almost anything written on climate change & related issues, the facts simply don't fit the projections of the alarmists at all.
Since 1850, the earth's actual mean sea level has risen by less than 13 inches. More important however than the amount of the rise is the fact that the RATE of rise has been the same, both before and after we started using fossil fuels on a large scale.
Folks, virtually everything we hear about our endangered environment is pure BS. There are a few legitimate environmental issue that need to be dealt with. An example is the mess that Chevron left in the Ecuadorian rain forest when it stopped drilling there. Another good example is the poisoning of the Hudson River Valley with PCB's that General Electric is responsible for.
The earth is fine. Mother nature knows how to take care of herself, in fact the after effects of the "world's greatest ecological disaster" (the BP oil spill in the Gulf) are almost all gone, thanks to natural bacteria.
The only thing we can do about climate change is adapt to it. As Dr. Bob Carter said, we don't try to stop volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunami's, or hurricanes, because we know that they're natural occurrences that we can neither predict nor control. Climate change is exactly the same, however it tends to take place over much longer periods of time. Ironically, the biggest part of the hoax which rarely gets mentioned is the fact that WARMING IS GOOD! The ONLY type of climate change that threatens us is extreme cooling. Why? Because crops don't grow well in cold climates, and people starve when that happens.
Any effect that modern man has on our climate is statistically insignificant in the overall equation. Climate change is all about the sun. The greenhouse gas effect is a very minor factor, and besides, 95% of greenhouse gasses consists of water vapor. Only 4% of the total CO2 in the atmosphere comes from human activity, the rest is natural. CO2 is NOT a pollutant. It's plant food. It's a basic part of the cycle of life. Without it, nothing would be green. Besides, our contribution to CO2 in the atmosphere that all of these environmental bozos are bitching about amounts to only 16ppm. That's 1 part in every 62,500! Anyone want to look me in the eye and tell me that such a minuscule amount of a clear odorless gas is destroying our planet?
If anyone wants a really excellent and entertaining overview on environmental extremism as a whole, they should really listen to what George Carlin had to say about it:
Yes. The world has been warming since the end of the Little Ice Age. Is man to blame? Absolutely not.
With land reclamation going on like this, i believe sea level rising can not be a problem.
Clearly the Maldives can not be taken seriously! The Maldives plans to open 11 new islands to foreign investors to develop upmarket tourist resorts. The new resorts, some to be built on reclaimed land, will add to the 33 resorts islands currently under development,
This aint no science article! It’s a propaganda plea for OPM. It does not belong in a science magazine. PopSci is not a science magazine. Perhaps it should change it’s name to PopLiberalMouthpiece. Rebecca Boyle has clearly been recruited into the 40 year “Maldives is Drowning” scam for $billions of Other People’s Money from other countries.
Exhaustive studies had shown that from 1790 to 1970 sea-levels round the islands had averaged 20 centimeters higher than today; that the level, having fallen, has since remained stable; and that there is not the slightest sign of any rise.
Were the 20 th-century sea level trend to continue, the world's oceans would only rise about 15 cms between now and 2100.
Examination of historic data from US and world sea level monitors by sea level experts shows that sea-level rise in the last century was insignificant and the rate of rising has decelerated in the last few decades.
However, worldwide sea level has been dropping since 2007.
In 2005, as part of its misery merchandizing the UN predicted that by 2010, 50 million people would be climate refugees from rising sea level. Population has increased in all locations named.