Bummer: Climate Change Disturbing Japanese War Dead

Hey, maybe Obama can show up and chew some gum

Climate change helps seas disturb Japanese war dead

Rising sea levels have disturbed the skeletons of soldiers killed on the Marshall Islands during World War Two.

Speaking at UN climate talks in Bonn, the Island’s foreign minister said that high tides had exposed one grave with 26 dead.

The minister said the bones were most likely those of Japanese troops.

Driven by global warming, waters in this part of the Pacific have risen faster than the global average. (snip)

According to a recent report from the UN Environment Programme, sea level is rising in the Pacific around the Marshall’s at a much higher rate than elsewhere in the world. The rate of rise between 1993 and 2009 was 12mm per year, compared with the global average of 3.2mm.

There’s one little problem: the actual data disagrees when you look at the long term.

As Nils-Axel Mörner notes, it looks more like subsistence for the islands more than any sort of heavy sea rise.

At the end of the day, what they really want is money.

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3 Responses to “Bummer: Climate Change Disturbing Japanese War Dead”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Morner cherry-picked (there’s that term again) the Majuro data selecting 1993-2010. A plot of all the available data show the gradual increase and the recent acceleration.


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  3. Better_Be_Gumballs says:

    …….. or it could be the island is subsiding. Since, globally the SLR is not increasing.

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