by Natura Naturans
The newest TIME magazine cover features United Nations chief António Guterres standing in the water off the island nation of Tuvalu, which the outlet called “one of the world’s most vulnerable countries” to global warming.
The photo, taken during Guterres’ four-country tour of Pacific nations in May, is meant to illustrate one point — that island nations are sinking in the face of global warming-induced sea-level rise.
TIME titled it’s Thursday cover story, “Our Sinking Planet.” There’s just one problem: Scientific studies show Tuvalu’s islands, indeed most Pacific islands, have actually grown in the face of sea level rise.
A 2018 study found that Tuvalu’s total land area grew nearly 3 percent from 1971 to 2014, despite rising sea levels. Satellite and aerial photos showed eight of Tuvalu’s nine atolls and three-quarters of its reef islands increased in size over the last four decades.
Study lead author Paul Kench told AFP, “the dominant mode of change over that time on Tuvalu has been expansion, not erosion.” Kench made similar findings in a 2010 study.
“On the basis of this research we project a markedly different trajectory for Tuvalu’s islands over the next century than is commonly envisaged,” Kench said. “While we recognize that habitability rests on a number of factors, loss of land is unlikely to be a factor in forcing depopulation of Tuvalu.”
ISLANDS ON THE ‘FRONT LINE OF CLIMATE CHANGE’ ARE GROWING IN SIZE, STUDY FINDS
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A study found that nearly 90 percent of low-lying islands were stable or expanding, despite sea level rise.
The United Nations and others warned Pacific and Indian Ocean islanders could become “climate refugees.”
However, the study found islands “showed neither contraction nor marked shoreline retreat.”
“In total, 88.6% of islands were either stable, or increased in size,” author Virginie K. E. Duvat of the University of La Rochelle wrote in the study.
“Importantly, islands located in ocean regions affected by rapid sea-level rise showed neither contraction nor marked shoreline retreat, which indicates that they may not be affected yet by the presumably negative, that is, erosive, impact of sea-level rise,” Duvat wrote.
That may come as a shock in light of reports that Pacific Islanders in places, like Kiribati, are becoming “climate refugees” because of rising sea levels, which many scientists blame on greenhouse gas emissions.
A 2017 CBS News feature on Kiribati’s plight claimed that scientists predict the island nation “could be uninhabitable within decades” and that “high tides that inundate their homes already contaminate their water and kill their crops.”
However, Duvat’s study found Kiribati’s North Tarawa island chain was stable, with most islands gaining land, and that the South Tarawa chain actually increased in size — showing the most growth of any atoll studied.
It should not surprise you that the globalist MSM lies to you.
‘Sinking’ Pacific nation is getting bigger: study
The Pacific nation of Tuvalu—long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels—is actually growing in size, new research shows.
A University of Auckland study examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu’s nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery.
It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu’s total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average.
Co-author Paul Kench said the research, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, challenged the assumption that low-lying island nations would be swamped as the sea rose.
“We tend to think of Pacific atolls as static landforms that will simply be inundated as sea levels rise, but there is growing evidence these islands are geologically dynamic and are constantly changing,” he said.
“The study findings may seem counter-intuitive, given that (the) sea level has been rising in the region over the past half century, but the dominant mode of change over that time on Tuvalu has been expansion, not erosion.”
Journalists are traveling to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, because they believe that global warming is causing it to sink into the ocean, and it will soon be gone. However, the people of Kiribati are telling reporters this is not the case. A newsman has chalked this up to a “mental block” that makes the locals unwilling to face the truth. Yet, the facts of the matter prove that the people of Kiribati are correct, and the journalists are disconnected from reality.
The nation of Kiribati is comprised almost entirely of coral reef islands. These are typically found in the Pacific Ocean and are primarily made of gravel, silt and sand that has accumulated on coral reefs. Because these islands are only slightly above sea level and are made of loosely bound sediments, they are considered to be among the most vulnerable places on Earth to rising sea levels.
In a recent Washington Post feature entitled “The Sinking State,” Joshua Keating, a staff writer and editor at Slate, claims that “not that long from now” rising seas caused by global warming will “probably” destroy Kiribati. He also says:
it may be “one of the first” nations “wiped out by the effects of climate change.”
the entire nation could become little more than “a reinforced platform with a flag perched in the open ocean.”
its capital city of “Tarawa, where nearly half the country’s 110,000 residents live, could soon be substantially underwater.”
To support these predictions, Keating quotes a 2015 report that the administration of Kiribati’s former president sent to the United Nations. It says that “within a century” the nation’s farmland “will be largely submerged, while other islands and atolls will … disappear altogether.” This report contains no citations or links to document these allegations. It also repeatedly mentions the financial resources that Kiribati wants from others to mitigate these catastrophes.
Kiribati Has Actually Grown
In contrast to those claims, the authors of a 2010 paper in the journal Global and Planetary Change used aerial and satellite photographs to conduct “the first quantitative analysis of physical changes” in 27 central Pacific coral reef islands. This included those in Kiribati.
The study examined four islands in Tarawa over periods of 31–65 years and found that:
all four islands exhibited an increase in island area. Notably the three urbanized islands of Betio, Bairiki and Nanikai increased in area by 30, 16.3 and 12.5% respectively. Buariki in the north of the atoll exhibited an increase of 2%.
I too was brainwashed once. Back in the mid 90’s I had a couple of business’s in Waikiki and I was looking to buy a house near the beach. But I read about the dangers of sea level rise and gave up looking since the places close to the beach were only a few feet above sea level. THEN, in the early 2000’s I ran across the skeptic sites, Wattsupwiththat and others. I was speechless, could it be true we were fed a load by the globalists at the UN? I checked the tide gauges at Honolulu harbor and sure enough, although the sea level was rising, is was only rising about 5 inches a century, and had been rising at that same rate for the entire 100 years of the record. No sign at all of ice melting from global warming after CO2 went up in the 1950’s. I was furious, in the time I postponed my decision prices had gone up $100,000 at least on the properties I wanted to buy. I SWORE I would get back at the evil UN propagandists that cost me that much money. I DID buy a place on Oahu, 5 minutes from the beach and about 10 feet above sea level. But it will take 2,000 years for the sea to get to me so I’m not worried. Here is the tide gauge at Honolulu:
Note the rise is just 1.48 MM per year or 5.88 inches per century.