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AP Lies: Island Sunk By Global Warming

From the simply shameless Associated Press:

Disputed isle in Bay of Bengal disappears into sea

By Nirmala George, Associated Press Writer

March 24, 200

NEW DELHI – For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island’s gone.

New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said.

"What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra.

Scientists at the School of Oceanographic Studies at the university have noted an alarming increase in the rate at which sea levels have risen over the past decade in the Bay of Bengal.

Until 2000, the sea levels rose about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) a year, but over the last decade they have been rising about 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) annually, he said.

Another nearby island, Lohachara, was submerged in 1996, forcing its inhabitants to move to the mainland, while almost half the land of Ghoramara island was underwater, he said. At least 10 other islands in the area were at risk as well, Hazra said.

"We will have ever larger numbers of people displaced from the Sunderbans as more island areas come under water," he said.

Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 150 million people, is one of the countries worst-affected by global warming. Officials estimate 18 percent of Bangladesh’s coastal area will be underwater and 20 million people will be displaced if sea levels rise 1 meter (3.3 feet) by 2050 as projected by some climate models

Never mind that there might be other explanations for this island’s disappearance.

From even those true believers of man-made global warming at Wikipedia:

Sundarbans

Climate change impact

The physical development processes along the coast [of the Bengal Delta] are influenced by a multitude of factors, comprising wave motions, micro and macro-tidal cycles and long shore currents typical to the coastal tract. The shore currents vary greatly along with the monsoon. These are also affected by cyclonic action. Erosion and accretion through these forces maintains varying levels, as yet not properly measured, of physiographic change whilst the mangrove vegetation itself provides a remarkable stability to the entire system. During each monsoon season almost all the Bengal Delta is submerged, much of it for half a year

And never mind that the tiny sandbars that pop up and disappear there have far more to do with the sediment washed down from the lower delta plain and even plate tectonics than they do with any ‘man-made global warming.’

And never mind that all of this is easily discoverable with a few mouse clicks. The Associated Press can’t be bothered with such piffling details.

Or these, also from Wikipedia:

South Talpatti Island [New Moore Island]

South Talpatti Island as it was known in Bangladesh or New Moore Island or Purbasha as it was known in India was a small uninhabited offshore island that emerged in the Bay of Bengal in the aftermath of the Bhola cyclone in 1970 and disappeared at some point in the first decades of the 2000’s. Scientists from the School of Oceanographic Studies in Kolkata, after analyzing recent satellite images, announced to the BBC that the island had been completely submerged by rising water levels in the Bay of Bengal.

There had never been any permanent settlement or stations located on the island. Its sovereignty was disputed between Bangladesh and India for years until the island’s disappearance.

The island was situated only two kilometers from the mouth of the Hariabhanga River. The emergence of the island was first discovered by an American satellite in 1974 that showed the island to have an area of 2,500 sq meters (27,000 sq ft). Later, various remote sensing surveys showed that the island had expanded gradually to an area of about 10,000 sq meters (110,000 sq ft) at low tide, including a number of ordinarily submerged shoals. The highest elevation of the island had never exceeded two meters above sea level…

If the Bay of Bengal has been rising for decades, how did this island emerge back in the 1970s and expand in the years since then?

By the way, the Bengal Delta is the region where sea levels were supposed to rise because of the rapid melting of the Himalayan glaciers – which, it turns out, aren’t melting rapidly after all.

There are lies and there are damn lies.

And there are ‘news stories’ from the AP, and other media outlets who have an agenda to flog.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “AP Lies: Island Sunk By Global Warming”

  1. confucius says:

    Perhaps the U.N. will now embrace global warming. After all, it solved an international dispute.

  2. Gee, I think there’s a tectonic plate around there somewhere. The plate responsible for world infamous earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

    Not in the narrative, though. Has to be glow bull warming.

    And although outside Bengal Bay, those Maldives Islands are doing just fine, thank you.

    Must be no glow bull warming on that side of India.

  3. proreason says:

    Do you think these idiots actually believe this kind of nonsense?

    No offense intended to S&L contributors who did not study the sciences (I, for example, have a history degree), but there is a reason why “journalists” went to j-school. It’s because they aren’t capable of doing anything worthwhile.

    Has there ever been a “journalist” who has made a significant contribution to the world? I can’t think of a single one.

    “Journalism” is the profession for morons, moreso now than ever before. At least 40 years ago, they had to learn how to write grammatically. Today, word processors do that for them.

    There are only 2 skills required to become a “journalist” today:
    – for TV, you have to be pretty
    – for print, you have to toe the party line

    There are no other skills required. Period. Many of them can’t even speak correct English. Any one of us would be a better “journalist” from minute 1 than 99% of the official ones.

    • Right of the People says:

      Pro,

      I considered journalism once before going into computers then remembered I have a moral conscience and I couldn’t lower my standards THAT much. Plus I figure if you’re going to write fiction, you should at least declare it as such.

      The days of “respected” journalists, Edward Murrow, Walter Cronkite, etc. are long past. I’m surprised that the networks haven’t hired the Swedish Bikini Team to do the news. It would probably raise their ratings tremendously and they would probably be more literate as the talking heads they have now.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      I’m all for that bikini team idea!!!

    • proreason says:

      Actually, I think cable news is pretty close to the Swedish bikini team.

      Where do they find them?

      Like I said, for TV, all it takes is pretty.

  4. canary says:

    The island sinking is either a good sign that there is more water which produces more oxygen in which both are needed for man to survive

    or it’s a natural sign that anytime dirt gets wet it breaks down into mud. I saw their meeting awhile back underwater, and can’t imagine what that cost to conduct, just considering how they anchored a conference table to the bottom
    of the sea.

  5. JohnMG says:

    Perhaps Nirmala George, Associated Press Writer, should take her silly-assed article down the hall to somebody who actually gives a shit!

    As for Walter Cronkite being a respected journalist, he showed his true stripe with his Viet Nam proclamation. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he wasn’t related to Olberman and Matthews–(by the slave girl, of course.)

  6. Mithrandir says:

    The Saul Alinsky article is only useful if liberals can make political points off of it.

    If an island of conservatives died from rising sea waters, the liberals will report, “It is best, because the carbon footprint all 10,000 of the people that died, will balance out the global warming they created.”

    Otherwise, this is a huge atrocity, just like DDT, Global Freezing, Nuclear War, Acid rain, Northwest Logging, CFCs / air conditioners, and now Global Warming. It’s all Saul Alinsky propaganda to control the masses. . .


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