When it comes to "global cooling" – turned "global warming" – turned "climate change" – turned "climate disruption" – turned "global holy crap we’re all going to burn and die," I’ve always maintained this central premise despite my skepticism about the alarmists’ claims:
- If, in fact, the climate is changing more rapidly than the speed at which it has always changed, and if that is cause for alarm, it is logically absurd to think that our meager human efforts can affect or alter it in any meaningful way.
- Therefore, when scientists begin discussing how we adapt to the changing climate rather than demanding we all turn over more of our freedom to governing bodies of super-educated people so that they can stop the changing climate, I’ll start listening.
I remember talking to a global warming activist on the radio years ago and getting him to admit that it was “too late” for humans to do anything meaningful that had any hopes of altering the impending doomsday. The glaciers would still melt, the Antarctic ice chunks would still break off, the polar bears would still drown, and the sea levels would still rise no matter what we did at this point.
As he proceeded to list off the horrors of what was to come, he mentioned those who live on small strips of land out in the oceans and how soon their entire islands would be submerged. I asked him how soon and he predicted 10-15 years. I really wasn’t trying to be a smart-aleck when I paused and asked, “Shouldn’t that be enough time for them to move?”
He didn’t like my answer, but isn’t that actually a more helpful solution than wringing our hands over things we honestly can’t change? Isn’t the story of humanity our ability to adapt to our surroundings and survive – whether that’s bringing irrigation to inhospitable deserts or building greenhouses in the tundra? If global warming really is a thing, then let’s start a productive conversation about how we survive it. Who will need to move where? What kind of innovations and inventions do we need in order to sustain our way of life? What previously barren land will become irrigable and useful as a result of warmer climates? And yes, what island people will need to find a boat sometime in the next decade?
Oh, about those island people, hopefully they didn’t already load up the U-Haul, because there’s been a significant development in the story of their impending submergence:
A new study produced by researchers at the University of Auckland concludes that forecasts about the impact of climate change on some low- lying islands have failed to take into account key factors and thus have overstated the danger posed to inhabitants. The most "counterintuitive" finding in the study: the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu — the poster child of "sinking" island fears — is not only not shrinking, it's actually growing in size.
The study, highlighted by Phys.org, "examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu's nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery." Over that period, "eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew."
In total, rather than shrinking in land mass, Tuvalu's total land area increased by 2.9%. This increase is particularly "counterintuitive" because the area in which Tuvalu is located is supposed to have suffered a rise in sea levels that are "twice the global average."
Somewhere, right now, that climate activist I talked to on the radio years ago is peeved that he gave up his Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV to save sinking Tuvalu…apparently for no reason.