Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Australia May Need to take in many Pacific islanders as their islands sink under the waves?
More nonsense from "New Matilda". They quote all sorts of "authorities" who say that many low-lying islands will be flooded as global warming melts polar ice. Their reliance on authorities is amusing. Leftism has always been authoritarian. Once freed from democratic restraint, we see just how authoritarian. What were Soviet Russia, Mao's China and Pol Pot's Kampuchea if not authoritarian?. And the Kim dynasty in North Korea is still providing us with a graphic example of Leftist authoritarianism.
To any reasonable person, however, it is the facts that are the ultimate authority and the facts are pesky for the alarmists. For a start, global warming stopped 18 years ago. Even Warmist scientists like Jim Hansen recognize that. They call the last 18 years a "pause" -- which acknowledges the halt but adds a prophecy that warming will resume. But prophecies are so far from facts that they are almost always wrong. So no warming means no flooded islands and no humanitarian crisis.
And even if warming does resume, it probably will not be a problem. While there are thousands of articles online shouting the theory of submerging islands, the reality is a little different.
Lots of low lying islands and shorelines have in fact been GROWING. Gradual rises in sea-levels have been going on for a couple of hundred years as a correction to the little ice age but accretion of island-building material has more than cancelled that out in many places. And its not only Pacific islands that have been GAINING land mass. It has even been happening in Bangladesh, contradicting many prophecies. See here and here and here and here and here and here
Countries like Australia and New Zealand may have to provide special humanitarian visas and put in place international evacuation plans as less developed nations in the region are hit by “disasters on steroids” occurring as a result of man-made climate change, the United Nations has been told.
In a submission to the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit, the UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law has warned the impacts of anthropogenic warming are already being felt in the region, and that governments must prepare for large population displacements as the intensity of natural disasters increases.
“The people most affected are generally the most vulnerable already – the poor, living in environmentally precarious parts of the country, without the social networks or resources to get out of harm’s way early,” a written submission by the Centre’s director Jane McAdam said.
“Humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of disasters is essential, but it is ultimately a band-aid solution and is not enough.
“The cost of inaction will be higher than the cost of implementing measures to reduce displacement now, both in financial and human terms.”
Simon Bradshaw, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator at Oxfam Australia, said it was not clear what ongoing support Australia was providing to Pacific nations to help them deal with the threat of climate change.