Friday, February 18, 2005

Sinking islands cling to Kyoto lifebuoy -- JUNK SCIENCE ALERT !!!

Reuters AlertNet - FEATURE-Sinking islands cling to Kyoto lifebuoy: (Empasis Mongo's)
"FEATURE-Sinking islands cling to Kyoto lifebuoy
13 Feb 2005 01:30:25 GMT

Source: Reuters

By Michael Perry
SYDNEY, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Islanders on tiny Tuvalu in the South Pacific last week saw the future of global warming and rising sea levels, as extreme high tides caused waves to crash over crumbling sea-walls and flood their homes.
'Our island is sinking together with our hearts,' wrote Silafaga Lalua in Tuvalu News (www.tuvaluislands.com).

Tuvalu is a remote island nation consisting of a fringe of atolls covering just 25.9 sq km (10 sq miles), with the highest point no more than 5 metres (17 ft) above sea level, but most a mere 2 metres (6.5 ft).

Global warming from greenhouse gas pollution is regarded as the main reason for higher sea levels, now rising about 2mm (0.08 in) a year, which could swamp low-lying nations such as Tuvalu and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean if temperatures keep rising.

On Feb. 16, a landmark U.N. pact to curb global warming comes into force. Under the Kyoto Protocol, developed countries are meant to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, largely from burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil in power plants, factories and cars, by an average 5.2 percent below 1990 levels during 2008-12.
But the world's biggest greenhouse polluter, the United States, has refused to join Kyoto, while some Kyoto signatories such as Spain and Portugal have increased greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over 1990 levels."


Thanks to JAMES TARANTO of OpinionJournal Best of the Web Today - February 16, 2005

WOW. First the Tsunami, now this. We in the US should be ASHAMED and SHOULD SIGN KYOTO IMMEDIATELY. DON'T YOU KNOW WE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEMISE OF TUVALU .. IN 975 YEARS (6.5 feet divided by .08 inches) I fully expect the blame for this Island nation's demise to be laid upon us in the year 2980. We should alert the next 25 generations of Americans at their birth of their guilt in sinking these islands. BTW, are the islanders chained to their islands? Could they maybe MOVE in 900 years or so...

1 Comments:

Anonymous ArizonaTeach said...

Hee Hee Hee...
"Tuvalu."
Something so darned cute deserves to be saved, like bunny rabbits and cheerleaders.

3:04 PM  

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