Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Too hot, too hot?

Here we are, on Boxing Day, and it's nearly short-sleeved weather outside. Global warming?

Geoffrey Lean at The Independent reports that for the first time in recorded history, an inhabited island has disappeared beneath rising seas:
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, as exclusively reported in The Independent on Sunday, the first uninhabited islands - in the Pacific atoll nation of Kiribati - vanished beneath the waves. The people of low-lying islands in Vanuatu, also in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a precaution, but the land still juts above the sea. The disappearance of Lohachara, once home to 10,000 people, is unprecedented.
But, hey, that's okay. Who needs Loharchara when new islands are still being formed in the South Pacific? Check out these pictures of the birth of an island.

Who needs an inconvenient truth when it doesn't mesh with our own desires?

In the mean time, I'll head outside to enjoy the brisk winter... er, is that what it really is... weather.

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