Small Islands Have Big Voices On ‘Climate Change’ Or Something

No worries, they’ll all be submerged soon. Heck, some are submerged now!

Heck, we were told 30 years ago that the Maldives would be submerged by now. 100% of them are not. Nor is Manhattan, as we were told over 20 years ago. From the article

On the map, their homes are tiny specks in a vast sea of blue, rarely in the headlines and far removed from the centers of power. But for a few days each year, the leaders of small island nations share a podium with presidents and prime ministers from the world’s most powerful nations, and their message is clear: Global warming is already changing our lives, and it will change yours too.

Speaking shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump — whose fiery speech made no mention of climate change — Danny Faure told the U.N. General Assembly this week that for his country, the Seychelles, it’s already a daily reality.

“We see its effects in our eroding coastlines and unpredictable weather patterns,” he said. “We see its effects on our coral reefs and rising sea levels.”

Well, perhaps he shouldn’t have taken a long fossil fueled trip.

Despite its minuscule carbon emissions, Heine said her nation wants to show it, too, is prepared to do its part. The country is aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, a goal most climate experts consider an absolute deadline if the world is to avert runaway warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.

They’ll have to give up pretty much everything to achieve this

Seychelles’ main industries include tourism, fishing, farming, oil drilling and manufacturing. Most manufacturers are small-scale and consist largely of food processing plants. The manufacture of beer, cigarettes, chemicals and furniture, among other items, also plays a significant role within the sector.

Tourism relies on fossil fuels. Oh, hey, oil drilling. Fishing with fossil fueled boats. Furniture to be exported using fossil fuels.

Marshall Islanders know the future of their country, much of which is little over a meter (3.3 feet) above sea level, hangs in the balance. A recent report predicted that the world’s oceans will rise by an average of at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) by the end of the century compared to now. Experts say the actions of the United States, which Trump announced will pull out of the Paris agreement, could play a decisive role in the future of small islands.

Some officials warn that islanders may have to abandon their homes long before they sink beneath the waves, as the cost of rebuilding after every storm surge becomes too great.

Perhaps it’s not a good idea to live on islands that are 3.3 feet above sea level, which rises an average of 8 inches per century over the last 7,000-8,000 years, post giant sea rise from the end of the last glacial age. But, um, the islands mostly couldn’t be created without much higher sea levels, because coral doesn’t grow like that above the sea.

At some point the Cult of Climastrology will fade away.

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2 Responses to “Small Islands Have Big Voices On ‘Climate Change’ Or Something”

  1. alanstorm says:

    Experts say the actions of the United States, which Trump announced will pull out of the Paris agreement, could play a decisive role in the future of small islands.

    You meant the country which has already cut it’s CO2 emissions the farthest?

  2. Professor Hale says:

    Even without climate change and sea level rising. Living on an island that can be swept away in a single storm is a bad idea. Living on an island that is subject to erosion and “settling” of the sea floor is a bad idea. it’s as if they don’t remember all the other islands that have disappeared throughout history and swept away all their inhabitants as if they never existed.

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