Saturday, 10 July 2010

Pacific islands growing, not sinking

In December 2009, ABC News reported that small island states were sinking fast - like the Titanic.

"Climate Change Minister Penny Wong says all agree with Australia's position that a 50 per cent cut in emissions is needed by 2050, and a new climate agreement must limit a rise in temperature to no more than 2C by the turn of the century. ... But a 2C temperature rise is too much for low-lying nations who argue they'll sink as a result. They're supporting an agreement put forward by Tuvalu that calls for a cap on emissions."

Engineers' table:
show that it takes a temperature rise of 30º to get a 1% increase in sea volume.

Now, six months later, the same ABC, one of the biggest promoters of man-made Global Warming Alarmism has reported : "Pacific islands growing, not sinking." (Link in Title)

"Auckland University's Associate Professor Paul Kench, a member of the team of scientists, says the results challenge the view that Pacific islands are sinking due to rising sea levels associated with climate change.

"Eighty per cent of the islands we've looked at have either remained about the same or, in fact, gotten larger," he said.

From Professor Ian Plimer's Heaven+Earth P299: "Precise Satellite Measurements give sea level rise as half as half that measured from tidal stations. Corrected data for a large part of the globe show a rise of 1.8mm per annum from 1900 to 1980. (peer-reviewed -reference given)

In December, 2007, 103 professional persons wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations that indicated, contrary to the impression left by the IPCC, that: ‘Recent observations of phenomena such as glacial retreats, sea-level rise and the migration of temperature-sensitive species are not evidence for abnormal climate change, for none of these changes has been shown to lie outside the bounds of known natural variability.’