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01 May 2010

The Rising Seas Will Flood Bangladesh?

According to the UN IPCC AR4 report, the rising seas in the next 40 years will bring great destruction to the low-lying Bangladesh.  Like earlier exaggerated claims that 55% of the Netherlands was below sea level, this claim turns out to be wrong.  The UN report claimed that a three-foot rise in sea level would flood 17% of Bangladesh by 2050 and result in 20 million refugees.  The Center for Environment and Geographic Information in Dhaka, Bangladesh looked into this looming catastrophe.  They found that the UN IPCC forgot to take into account the fact that rivers arising in the Himalayan Mountains carry 1 billion tons of sediment through Bangladesh to the ocean.  The Ganges and the Brahmaputra are among these rivers and they dump this load of sediment where the river meets the ocean.  If the ocean rises, the rivers dump more of the sediment at the threatened land areas and builds them up.  In fact, recent measurements have noted that Bangladesh is actually rising.

Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Morner, the former head of the International Commission on Sea Level Change, says that despite fluctuations, the sea level has not risen in the last 50 years.  He says if there is a rise in the remainder of this century, it will not be more than 10 cm, with an uncertainty of 10 cm.  10 cm is about 4 inches.  He and his team went on six expeditions to the Maldive Islands and found no rise of the sea level there over the last 50 years.  Trips to Tuvalu, where leaders use the phantom of sea level rise to try to get welfare payments from the industrialized world, the sea has actually dropped, if anything, in recent decades.  Of course, Venice, Italy is sinking, literally.

The Dutch are now saying that only 26% of the Netherlands is below sea level, not the 55% claimed by the UN IPCC AR4 report of 2007.

The IBD article in the second link above concludes:

There's been a sea change in the consideration of the bogus claims of the IPCC, Gore, Britain's CRU and other climate charlatans. No longer accepted on faith, they are being challenged and disproven by scientific fact.
Our sediments exactly.
I added the emphasis to "sea change" and "sediments."  I would not want anyone to miss the fun.

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