Maldives underwater cabinet meeting (global warming)

My family used to have a house on the beach in the 70s in Fregene just outside of Rome. I spent considerable time in that house that was then a “prima fila” piece of real estate meaning that it was a house located on the first row facing the sea. Growing up, we had already noticed the sea was withdrawing farther from our house each year. As I still visit Fregene occasionally, I know the sea has retreated so much that there is now another row of houses between our old house and the sea.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/6426091/Maldives-underwater-cabinet-meeting-was-a-sorry-stunt.html

Excerpts of interest:

This prompted an open letter to President Nasheed from Dr Nils-Axel Morner, the former head of the international Inqua Commission on Sea Level Change. The Swedish geologist, who has been measuring sea-level change all over the world for over 30 years, reminded the president that his commission had visited the Maldives six times in the years since 2000, and that he himself had led three month-long investigations in every part of the coral archipelago. Their exhaustive studies had shown that from 1790 to 1970 sea-levels round the islands had averaged 20 centimetres higher than today; that the level, having fallen, has since remained stable; and that there is not the slightest sign of any rise. The most cautious forecast based on proper science (rather than computer model guesswork) shows that any rise in the next 100 years will be “small to negligible“. President Nasheed is well aware of this, because in 2001, Professor Morner offered to explain his team’s findings on the local TV station, to reassure viewers that their homes were not about to disappear underwater as they had been told. The government refused to allow his film to be shown. Egged on by climate alarmists, successive Maldivan leaders since the 1980s have pleaded for vast sums of international aid to save them from rising sea levels. “For Heaven’s sake,” writes Prof Morner in his open letter, “lift the terrible psychological burden you have placed on the shoulders of all people in the Maldives”, who have been made to live with “a wholly false notion that is nothing but an armchair fiction artificially constructed by mere computer modelling consistently proved wrong by meticulous real-world observation“.

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One Response to “Maldives underwater cabinet meeting (global warming)”

  1. David W. Lincoln Says:

    “The government refused to allow his film to be shown” is the crux of the matter. As long as the government of the Maldives wants to hide behind the skirts of the climate change alarmists, it will employ at best a double standard when policy is presented. After all, virtually anything proposed is deemed to have an impact on climate.

    Hogwash! This is simply another case of people who should know better, not wanting to know when they are wrong.

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