I find this really funny:
"The highest point of the island is about 2.5 meters (eight feet), so it doesn't take long for an island like this one to be swallowed up," he says.
He goes on to say...
""Where will the water be in 10, 15 years? Global warming has changed our point of view on a lot of things," says Paul Horner, the manager of Denis Island resort.
"The waves are already lapping my front yard so now I'm building a home for the children in the mountains" on one of the Indian Ocean archipelago's granitic islands."
The entire island is only 2.5 meters above sea level - and you live there?!
How stupid is that?
All it would take is a decent storm or earthquake-related wave to wash everything away.
And, I'm sorry but, the picture shown of the island doesn't show a relatively flat terrain of only 2.5 meters.
A certain crowd is getting really desperate, I think, to try and get CO2 regulation passed on these types of stories.
And fictional stories they are - none of this one seems true. Sure, a small island may get covered by water because of a warming trend. But, it was probably uncovered by a recent cooling trend. Big deal! The cooling trend worked to the advantage of a developer, and the warming trend will erase that. Big deal!
I guess we should spend several hundreds of billions of dollars to try and make sure that doesn't happen to this stupid little island at the outskirts of this little nation - and all so a resort hotel can survive? PLEASE!!!!
The globe warms, cools, warms, cools, warms, cools, and then the cycles repeat. The recent warming trend is nothing out the ordinary in any way - nor is the current cooling trend!
I don't argue the fact that we need to move to cleaner technologies. What I argue with is the fact that our technologies are the main cause for the most recent warming trend.
Our technologies tend to create a less healthful environment for our personal well being, to date. But that they contribute so much to the current climate changes - I tend to think otherwise.
The Sun, from which we get virtually every measure of our heat (in one form or another), comprises ~99% (in mass and heat distribution) of our entire galaxy! If our sun gets hotter, we get hotter. If our sun gets cooler - we get cooler.
And, our personal star - is a variable star. That means, it is not a constant. It means that it gets cooler and hotter - sometimes much more so. It does not continually get warmer or cooler, it varies between extremes - sometimes within a very short time period.
We are in a deep solar minimum, and as such we are in a cooling phase. The records of the past decade show this to be true. The 'hacked' e-mails also show this to be true, because they can not account for the current cooling trend in any other way (even though they won't admit it).
We need to adapt to changing conditions - not try to control them.