June 03, 2010
With the rising sea levels, the wrath of Gaia has been threatening to wipe out most of the Pacific Islands for a very, very long time. It's a terrifying prospect for many proud peoples living in tropical island paradises that may, one day very soon, find themselves underwater - and why? Because of the greed of the West, and our evil consumption of oil, and our complete lack of compassion for nations less fortunate than we are.
Wait, what was that?
In recent times, the inhabitants of many low-lying Pacific islands have come to fear their homelands being wiped off the map because of rising sea levels.
But this study of 27 islands over the last 60 years suggests that most have remained stable, while some have actually grown.
Using historical photographs and satellite imaging, the geologists found that 80% of the islands had either remained the same or got larger - in some cases, dramatically so.
They say it is due to the build-up of coral debris and sediment, and to land reclamation.
Associate Professor Paul Kench of Auckland University, who took part in the study, says the islands are not in immediate danger of extinction.
"That rather gloomy prognosis for these nations is incorrect," he said.
So, let me get this straight. Despite the screaming threats of death by global warming, the fucking day in and day out terror at the very idea that if I get in my SUV, I'm going to be killing The Environment™, the government of the Maldives holding underfuckingwater cabinet meetings in advance of the Cophenhagen laughingstock for the sake of some easy political points - despite all that, you mean to tell me that the earth is doing what it's always fucking done through natural geological processes?
For fucking reals, you fucking dildoheaded douchetools?
Somehow, I fail to be shocked. I also am not shocked that this little blurb on this study is tucked way back at the end of the BBC's Science and Environment section, and will probably not even get a footnote in most of the MSM. It does the Environmental Crusaders no good to say they've been wrong - again.
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