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Monday, December 25, 2006

Disappearing world

Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.

As the seas continue to swell, they will swallow whole island nations, from the Maldives to the Marshall Islands, inundate vast areas of countries from Bangladesh to Egypt, and submerge parts of scores of coastal cities.

Eight years ago the first uninhabited islands,in the Pacific atoll of Kiribati, vanished beneath the waves. The people of low-lying islands in Vanuatu, (as featured on Survivor) have been evacuated as a precaution, but their land still juts above the sea.

The disappearance of Lohachara, once home to 10,000 people, is unprecedented. The island is so remote that researchers first learned of the submergence of it and it's uninhabited neighbor when they saw they had vanished from satellite pictures. Two-thirds of nearby populated island Ghoramara has also been permanently inundated. And experts say "it is only a matter of some years" before it's swallowed up as well.

The Carteret Islands off Papua New Guinea were estimated to be the first populated ones to disappear, by around the year 2015, but Lohachara has beaten them to the dubious distinction.

Human cost of global warming: Rising seas will soon make 70,000 people homeless.

Refugees from the vanished Lohachara island and the disappearing Ghoramara island have fled to Sagar, but this island has already lost 7,500 acres of land to the sea. In all, a dozen islands, home to 70,000 people, are in danger of being submerged by the rising seas.

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for that argument from Dubya that global warming is, ah, oh yeah, a "myth."
SUCH A TRAGIC STORY.

title="comment permalink">December 25, 2006 7:06 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

It's not so much the displacement of ice, people, plants and animals that bothers me... it's the eventual extinction of the human race that gives me pause.

title="comment permalink">December 25, 2006 9:51 PM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I don't suppose we could move the Bush administration to this island. I would definitely want a web cam to watch them deny they are sinking, sinking, gone.

title="comment permalink">December 25, 2006 10:29 PM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

Any news of Gilligan's Island?

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 12:08 AM  
Blogger Tim Zank said...

Well it's safe to say this post is about as factually accurate as Gilligans Island was.

I've got ocean front property for sale in Arizona you guys will love!

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i took an entire course on global warming this summer as i finished up my degree. scared the crap outta me. i had no idea and i went into it thinking i did.

we ain't seen nothing yet. :( and we're going to deserve every bit of mother nature's house cleaning if we don't wise up!

check out this link i was "gifted" for the holiday - http://www.breathingearth.net/

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 4:24 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Well, as long as people continue to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the problem, it will only get worse.

Tim (And Dan), I challenge you to look into the "factual accuracy" of this story - It's straight from the wire. The only thing I added was the "Survivor" comment.

PT - As long as the professor is alive and well, I'm sure there's nothing to worry about on THAT island. . .

SuperGirliest - Interesting link, thanks!

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 4:38 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Oh, and just in case you boys were interested, here's a piece from your holy FOX NEWS regarding this story:

FOX-Vanishing Island

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 5:42 PM  
Blogger Tim Zank said...

John,John,John......
First of all, "straight from the wire" is a bit of a stretch, it's a single article written for The Independent UK. A labour party fave and generally left leaning enviro-pro
tabloid with a circulation of a whopping 250,000......

What is interesting though, is your reference to FOX. The version from FOX begins immediately in the first sentence "as reported by The Independent" and continues throughout the entire article to remind the reader (over and over again)that "The Independent" was making these claims, not FOX.

But you guys and a zillion other left leaning deception specialists just re-paste it a million times over, and your loyal throngs of mindless socialist wannabes eat it up as some scientific truth. It's bullshit.

It was nice of you to make it clear FOX did such a great job reporting fairly. Thanks!

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 6:24 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Spin spin spin. I still didn't hear any evidence to the contrary.

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 7:02 PM  
Blogger LP Mike Sylvester said...

I am not an expert on Global Warming; however, I have read books on the topic "from both sides."

Neither side has convinced me they are right. This is an issue that I am not sure about.

There are qualified scientists on both side of this issue. What I find both interesting and sad about this topic is how political it has become. There is no reason the Dems almost entirely believe in Global Warming and the Reps almost entirely think Global Warming is a myth.

I have a feeling the truth is somewhere in the middle. I have a feeling that there is some truth to Global Warming; however, it is NOT as big of a deal as many poeple would leave us to believe...

Mike Sylvester

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 7:41 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Mike - I offered this up as proof to the "non-beleivers". It was met with ridicule and denial. It's not from a book, or a movie. . .it's REAL LIFE.

Seawater levels ARE rising. Islands ARE and HAVE BEEN disappearing. It's been in the 40's and 50's in INDIANA all DECEMBER long. Pretty strong indicators that something is amiss!

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 7:52 PM  
Blogger Tim Zank said...

Explain this Science Guy:

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0930175.html

where were you in December 1982? I was golfing in Ft Wayne.

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 8:14 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Tim - There are none so blind . . .blah blah blah

Have a nice life. I tire of arguing with anyone who can't accept the facts.

title="comment permalink">December 26, 2006 8:18 PM  

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