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Instead of being swamped,

several Pacific Islands are growing

Some by as much as 30%

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3 Jun 10 - According to global warming alarmists, rising sea levels "should" be inundating the tiny island nation of Tuvalu.

It turns out, however, that a number of Pacific islands are actually growing, says a study published in this week’s New Scientist magazine.

Seven of Tuvalu's islands have grown by an average of 3 per cent since 1950, the study found. In nearby Kiribati, three of the larger populated islands have grown by between 10 and 30 per cent.

The study by the University of Auckland and the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission in Fiji, which looked at 27 different islands, found that "over the last 60 years only four of the islands had shrunk, with the others either remaining stable or growing."

"They're not all growing, they're changing," said Professor Paul Kench of Auckland University's environment school. "They've always changed ... but the consistency (with which) some of them have grown is a little surprising."

During the same period sea levels have risen by 120 millimetres, or 2 millimetres a year.

          Two millimeters per year. That's 4.7 inches in 60 years ... not exactly
          a catastrophe.

          Some experts, such as Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner,
          maintain that, if anything, sea levels in Tuvalu have fallen.

          Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Dr. Mörner
          at the Heartland Institute's 4th International Conference on Climate
          Change in Chicago
.

          Sea level always changes, said Mörner. Sea level has risen by 120 meters
          since the end of the last ice age. In fact, sea level had been rising two
          meters per century, but now it has slowed to only 20 centimeters per
          century. And sea level in Tuvalu, if anything, has fallen.

        "There is absolutely no signal that the sea level is rising (in Tuvalu),"
          says Mörner." If anything, you could say that maybe the tide is lowering
          a little bit, but absolutely no rising."

See entire article, entitled "Climate change 'increases island size'"
http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/climate-change-increases-island-size-scientists-say/story-e6frfq80-1225874903902
Thanks to Linda Binutti in Australia for this link

Or see:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1283669/Low-lying-Pacific-islands-growing-sinking-sea-levels-rise.html
Thanks to Emma Corry and Steven Woodcock for this link

 



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