Monday, May 9, 2016

Pacific Islands Vanish as Sea Levels Rise

The islands are gone.  Some of them housed families and had trees on them that were 300 years old...and now they are gone.

The article would that the cause is Climate Change caused by man...and expresses hope that all the nations signing the Paris Climate Agreement will somehow stop the oceans from rising.

How comical....  Men signing papers agreeing to something in hopes they will stop the ocean waves from eroding and the ocean from rising.

Sea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding are some of the greatest challenges facing humanity from climate change.

Recently at least five reef islands in the remote Solomon Islands have been lost completely to sea-level rise and coastal erosion, and a further six islands have been severely eroded.

These islands lost to the sea range in size from one to five hectares. They supported dense tropical vegetation that was at least 300 years old. Nuatambu Island, home to 25 families, has lost more than half of its habitable area, with 11 houses washed into the sea since 2011.

This is the first scientific evidence, published in Environmental Research Letters, that confirms the numerous anecdotal accounts from across the Pacific of the dramatic impacts of climate change on coastlines and people.


Previous studies examining the risk of coastal inundation in the Pacific region have found that islands can actually keep pace with sea-level riseand sometimes even expand.

However, these studies have been conducted in areas of the Pacific with rates of sea level rise of 3-5 mm per year – broadly in line with the global average of 3 mm per year.

For the past 20 years, the Solomon Islands have been a hotspot for sea-level rise. Here the sea has risen at almost three times the global average, around 7-10 mm per year since 1993. This higher local rate is partly the result of natural climate variability.

These higher rates are in line with what we can expect across much of the Pacific in the second half of this century as a result of human-induced sea-level rise. Many areas will experience long-term rates of sea-level rise similar to that already experienced in Solomon Islands in all but the very lowest-emission scenarios.

Natural variations and geological movements will be superimposed on these higher rates of global average sea level rise, resulting in periods when local rates of rise will be substantially larger than that recently observed in Solomon Islands. We can therefore see the current conditions in Solomon Islands as an insight into the future impacts of accelerated sea-level rise.


Do I have ANY doubt that mankind can royally screw up nature and/or the world?  NO!!!  We screw it up all the time!  We dump sewage in lakes and kill all the fish, we cut down all the trees in farm country and cause a DUST-BOWL when drought comes, we wash chemicals and fertilizer into the rivers which ends up running into the Gulf of Mexico and creating a massive dead zone where no fish can live, we spill oil, we test nukes, we melt down reactors in Russia, we build nuclear reactors on earthquake faults and watch as Japan leaches radioactive waste into the ocean, etc...

So I am not a DENIER when it comes to human activity wreaking havoc on our local nature...BUT....let's remember we all live on a massive rock called earth which is careening through space on annual voyage of 584 million miles around the sun and we have no steering wheel!!

Man kind has adapted in this fallen world over the last 6000 years....sometimes there is ice a mile deep that makes much of the Midwest US uninhabitable.  Sometimes the desert in AZ gets so dry and so hot that people can't tolerate living there in TeePees.  Sometimes the ocean has been so low that cities were built on the coastline and are now totally underwater!

Why do these folks believe that signing papers in New York are going to stop the raging oceans?


Check out what God said in Ezekiel 26 about ocean depths covering people;

19 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I make you a desolate city, like cities no longer inhabited, and when I bring the ocean depths over you and its vast waters cover you, 20 then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, and you will not return or take your place in the land of the living. 21 I will bring you to a horrible end and you will be no more. You will be sought, but you will never again be found, declares the Sovereign Lord.”


Anonymous Jim Mayer said...

I'm glad we no longer have only one sea level. Otherwise the whole world would be disappearing. We should find out why it's rising only in certain spots. And how this is happening since water seeks a uniform level.

Seriously, how clueless and uneducated do you have to be to read this stuff and not have your head explode? These islands were all very small and barely above sea level. Notice that I said "sea level" not "the local sea level". They have been eroding since the day they were formed. The erosion always accelerates near the end since the reefs and rocks have been breached and only soil remains. The onset of significant erosion was first noted over 70 years ago. This is a completely natural process of wind, water and time.

May 10, 2016 at 6:25 PM  

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