Liberal heads around the country are about to explode, considering islands thought to be ‘sinking’ due to global warming are actually getting larger.
Hey, Al Gore, where you at?
Check this out…
From Daily Wire:
A new study produced by researchers at the University of Auckland concludes that forecasts about the impact of climate change on some low-lying islands have failed to take into account key factors and thus have overstated the danger posed to inhabitants. The most “counterintuitive” finding in the study: the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu — the poster child of “sinking” island fears — is not only not shrinking, it’s actually growing in size.
The study, highlighted by Phys.org, “examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu’s nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery.” Over that period, “eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew.”
In total, rather than shrinking in land mass, Tuvalu’s total land area increased by 2.9%. This increase is particularly “counterintuitive” because the area in which Tuvalu is located is supposed to have suffered a rise in sea levels that are “twice the global average.”
“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,” said co-author Paul Kench, Head of the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. “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.”
The Guardian has more on how “global warming” may actually help humans flourish…
Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has suggested that global warming may be beneficial to humans, in his latest departure from mainstream climate science.
Pruitt, who has previously erred by denying that carbon dioxide is a key driver of climate change, has again caused consternation among scientists by suggesting that warming temperatures could benefit civilization.
The EPA administrator said that humans are contributing to climate “to a certain degree”, but added: “We know humans have most flourished during times of warming trends. There are assumptions made that because the climate is warming that necessarily is a bad thing.
“Do we know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100 or year 2018?” he told a TV station in Nevada. “It’s fairly arrogant for us to think we know exactly what it should be in 2100.”
Pruitt said he wanted an “honest, transparent debate about what we do know and what we don’t know, so the American people can be informed and make decisions on their own”.
Under Pruitt’s leadership, the EPA is mulling whether to stage a televised “red team blue team” debate between climate scientists and those who deny the established science that human activity is warming the planet.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]