Skip to comments.Paradise lost on Maldives' rubbish island.
Posted on 01/03/2009 9:49:23 AM PST by lowbuck
It may be known as a tropical paradise, an archipelago of 1,200 coral islands in the Indian Ocean. But the traditional image of the Maldives hides a dirty secret: the world's biggest rubbish island.
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Meanwhile, tourism has made the Maldives the richest country in South Asia in terms of GDP a head - which is around $4,500 (£3,100) - though that wealth is thinly spread.
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Environment issues are a major political issue in the Maldives, not least because its 300,000 people face being the first to be submerged under rising sea levels caused by global warming.
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Although I realize that The Guardian is a left paper, it seems that the author bends over backwards to stress all the negative. For example, they have become the richest nation by GDP, but, . .
Also, glow bull warming is sinking their island nation. Period, no questions, it's going to happen. Strange that if the papers have an article about a fellow who was found by the police standing over two dead bodies, holding a knife and covered in blood, he is "alleged" to be involved in something improper!
So, rant off, enjoy the article even with the lefty bias and if you ever get a chance to visit the Maldives do go.
“Religion. Islam is the focus of the Maldivian life in every respect”
And it’s a garbage tip.
**..its 300,000 people face being the first to be submerged under rising sea levels caused by global warming.**
Who should be the ones to take in the 300,000 mohammedans?
They’ve been eyeing Sri Lanka and India, but I hope both of them refuse to take the Mohammedans.
Environmentalists say that more than 330 tonnes of rubbish is brought to Thilafushi a day.
Huh? how is 330 metric tonnes of rubbish growing the island about 3 foot by 3 foot square each day? That roughly 3.5 tons (Imperial) per square foot.
They can go to Somalia as far as I am concerned.
That’s a good question, but, if I were the author, I would have made a big deal out of the fact that these poor folks could, over time, use the trash to raise the height of their islands and thus avoid the coming disaster of glow bull warming. LOL, sorry.
What? So Bangladesh is poor? Tough. If religion is more important then go to Bangladesh.
Good luck on India importing more Haters of Hindus.
Most of the rubbish is simply dumped onto pre-existent rubbish, causing the island to grow in height. Only a fraction of the garbage actually spreads out to increase the island's total acreage - and much of that will end up below sea-level.
At least, that's my guess.
Full disclosure: Yes, as a teenager/twen, I actually did work as a garbage man every summer for nine years.
I’m sure AL Gore will volunteer Western nations, along with generous benefit payments (and a Voter Reg. card)
Global warming problem solved, they can live on top of the garbage.
The Gardian sees garbage all that I saw was opportunity to take that garbage and turn it into useful products.
There is an island off the coast of Crete...Chrissi Island. I went out there in the mid 1990s. Its supposed to be a tourist hang-out...lots of British babes, Dutch hotties, and Italian beauties. Its July...and as soon as the boat dumps everyone (none leaving for four hours)...I came to realize the real condition of the island. Its around 100 degrees. About a quarter of the island is trashed-up or porta-potties. If you were lucky and the wind wasn’t from the right direction...you wouldn’t notice anything...otherwise, it was pretty bad. After four hours, and the heat...I was begging to get back on that ferry and return to Crete.
This garbage business at every single island out there....is a major mess. They ought to be tagging a tax onto everything brought to the island to ensure it leaves. But no one wants that.
Before the terrible sea level rise occurs (due to the climatic warming which has happened many times in the past) let use the melt water to flood the Qattara Depression. I think it will hold all the excess water and change the desert landscape into beach front property.