30 Years Ago Officials Predicted The Maldives Would Be Swallowed By The Sea. It Didn’t Happen

Michael Bastasch – Daily Caller Sept 21, 2018

Maldives location. Click to enlarge

Environmental officials warned 30 years ago the Maldives could be completely covered by water due to global warming-induced sea level rise.

That didn’t happen. The Indian Ocean did not swallow the Maldives island chain as predicted by government officials in the 1980s.

In September 1988, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported a “gradual rise in average sea level is threatening to completely cover this Indian Ocean nation of 1196 small islands within the next 30 years,” based on predictions made by government officials.

Then-Environmental Affairs Director Hussein Shihab told AFP “an estimated rise of 20 to 30 centimetres in the next 20 to 40 years could be ‘catastrophic’ for most of the islands, which were no more than a metre above sea level.”

The article went on to suggest the Maldives, along with its 200,000 inhabitants, could “end” sooner than expected if drinking water supplies dry up by 1992 “as predicted.” Today, more than 417,000 people live in the Maldives.

“Call Noah and have him build another Ark,” Daniel Turner, executive director of the pro-energy group Power the Future, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Bring out the Coast Guard. Send all the boogie boards and floaties you can find for the Maldives is going down,” Turner said sarcastically.

The Maldives are among the island nations often held up by United Nations officials as being on the “front-lines” of man-made global warming. The island nation was among the first to apply for Green Climate Fund aid, but the funding hasn’t been flowing, according to The New York Times.

“That’s too long to wait,” Maldives energy and environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim told The Times last year. “There’s no use having a fund somewhere if you can’t access it quickly.”

The Maldives are indeed low-lying islands with its highest point only reaching about eight feet above sea level. But obviously, decades-old warnings the Maldives were on the verge of being swallowed by the seas didn’t pan out

A recent study projected low-lying reef islands, like the Maldives, could become “uninhabitable” by the middle of the 21st Century because too much sea water will get into freshwater drinking supplies.

The study projects “sea-level rise and wave dynamics over reefs will lead to the annual wave-driven overwash of most atoll islands by the mid-21st century.”

However, other research suggest the Maldives and other coral islands may actually be expanding, not sinking into the sea.

New Zealand researchers published a study earlier this year based on aerial photos and satellite images of Pacific islands over the last four decades that found most atolls they examined were increasing in size.

The results echoed a 2015 study by the same lead author that also found coral island expansion. Study lead author and scientist Paul Kench told The New Scientist “that the Maldives seem to be showing a similar effect.”



6 responses to “30 Years Ago Officials Predicted The Maldives Would Be Swallowed By The Sea. It Didn’t Happen”

  1. Volcanic islands are eroded by waves and eventually disappear.

  2. These are not volcanic islands! They are surrounded by coral reefs…which if they are healthy will keep the wave action of the sea from eroding the land.

  3. One of the big myths promulgated by the crazy eco climate alarmist is that global warming will cause a rise in sea levels. The rich investing class doesn’t believe this because ocean front property continues to make new record highs.

    Obama just bought ocean front property – and he made speeches that “climate change is real”. Obviously teleprompter man doesn’t believe what he says:

    Obama’s New Mansion is at Sea Level

    Sea Levels Dropping With Temperature

  4. Hi Phil Ventor,
    The Maldives were created from volcanoes millions of years ago. They are not active volcanoes. Much of their rock is compressed volcanic ash and cinders and ir easily swept away by storms.

  5. My neighbor who threatened me with flooding if I sat here 100 meters above sea level in ten years time just bought a house on the coast flats 100km north. Yes she is a woman over stimulated and a fanatical hypocrite.
    Any thinning of glaciers is outweighed by snow accumulation turning into ice that began 10,000 years ago, according to NASA. (For the NASA freaks who use NASA against the people who don’t accept global warming).
    Their research challenges the IPCC 2013 report.
    The only thing that changed is the net of ice from 112 billion tons between 1992-2001 to 82 billion tons 2003-2008 but still this easily covers any natural loss of glaciers with natural ice recovery.
    The CDC confirms more people die of hypothermia in the US than global warming.
    Climate crisis Inc don’t buy it, it isn’t worth the paper they print it on.

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