Skip to comments.Maldives’ president all wet on sea level
Posted on 10/22/2009 9:00:38 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus
October 20, 2009
To: President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives
From: Nils-Axel Mörner, Stockholm, Sweden
You have recently held an undersea Cabinet meeting to raise awareness of the idea that global sea level is rising and hence threatens to drown the Maldives. This proposition is not founded in observational facts and true scientific judgments.
Therefore, I am most surprised at your action and must protest its intended message.
In 2001, when our research group found overwhelming evidence that sea level was by no means in a rising mode in the Maldives, but had remained quite stable for the last 30 years, I thought it would not be respectful to the fine people of the Maldives if I were to return home and present our results in international fora. Therefore, I announced this happy news during an interview for your local TV station. However, your predecessor as president censored and stopped the broadcast.
When you became president, I was hoping both for democracy and for dialogue. However, I have written to you twice without reply. Your people ought not to have to suffer a constant claim that there is no future for them on their own islands. This terrible message is deeply inappropriate, since it is founded not upon reality but upon an imported concept, which lacks scientific justification and is thus untenable. There is simply no rational basis for it.
Let me summarize a few facts.
(1) In the last 2000 years, sea level has oscillated with 5 peaks reaching 0.6 to 1.2 m above the present sea level.
(2) From 1790 to 1970 sea level was about 20 cm higher than today
(3) In the 1970s, sea level fell by about 20 cm to its present level
(4) Sea level has remaine
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What a crock!
Why should doofuses like Al Gore make all the hysteria bucks?
396,334 (July 2009 est.)
South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs
Sri Lanka became one of the greatest irrigation civilisations of the ancient world
The atolls of Maldives encompass a territory spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making it one of the most disparate countries in the world. It features 1,192 islets, of which two hundred islands are inhabited. The Republic of Maldives capital and largest city is Malé, with a population of 103,693 (2006). It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, in the Kaafu Atoll. It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives. Traditionally it was the King’s Island, from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located.
The original inhabitants of the Maldives were Buddhist, probably since Ashoka’s period, in the 300 BC. Islam in Maldives was introduced in 1153 and has remained dominant since, being the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world
“Islam in Maldives was introduced in 1153 and has remained dominant since,...”
A lesson from history for my fellow Americans.
And one lost on a fair chunk of the rest of the civilized and
When a Swedish researcher tells you that you’re full of it in pushing
a global-warming is drowning my islands...
don’t worry that ABCCBSNBCMSNBCCNN will expose your exploitative
mendacity designed to extract cash from the USA/Canada/Europe!!!
Of course, as a predominantly Islamic country...you probably won’t
be gettin’ shi-ite from the Saudis or Iranians.
Heck, they won’t even really do anything to help re-settle the Palestinians.
Bruce Loudon, South Asia correspondent | October 01, 2007
Article from: The Australian
TWO men have been arrested after a nail-packed bomb injured 12 tourists in the Maldives, including a Briton who worked as a security consultant during the Sydney Olympics.
The homemade bomb detonated outside crowded Sultan Park in the capital, Male, on Saturday — the first such attack on the Indian Ocean archipelago renowned for its exclusive tourist resorts.
Authorities believe the bomb targeted tourists on a guided visit to Male, a 2.4sqkm island.
The injured included two Britons on a honeymooon, eight Chinese and two Japanese, all of whom suffered burn injuries, said government spokesman Mohamed Shareef.
Briton Christian Donelan, 32, and his wife, Jennifer, were thought to have been on their honeymoon after a wedding in Italy two weeks ago.
Reports said they were close to the blast and the most seriously injured of the victims.
Mr Donelan, who has represented England four times at squash, was quoted as saying: “It could have been much worse. Thank God we are still alive.”
He has undergone surgery to treat burns to his arms and legs.
His wife suffered more serious burns but both were conscious and able to speak to friends and family by phone.
Mr Donelan was a security consultant during the Sydney Olympics and the Turin Winter Olympics. The couple live in Qatar, where he is helping to organise the Asian Games.
The other victims were discharged from a hospital and left the country, Mr Shareef said.
“The Maldives has never had something like this before,” he said. “We are taking this very seriously because tourism is our lifeblood.”
The Maldives is one of the wealthiest countries in south Asia. About 600,000 tourists visit the country each year, accounting for one-third of its economy.
The two men were arrested hours after the blast. No motive for the attack had been established.
Some Western diplomats have expressed concern about the potential for violence in the Sunni Muslim country, which has a population of about 350,000. Half of the population is under 18, reasonably well educated and with few prospects for good jobs.
Some young people have turned to drug use, while others have embraced a conservative strain of Islam that had been almost unheard of on the islands until a few years ago.
The blast came after months of unrest in the Maldives over a referendum, won by President Mayoom Abdul Gayoom, who has ruled since 1978.
Voters had to decide between a presidential system of government favoured by Mr Gayoom, and a parliamentary system favoured by the opposition, which has complained of repression since Male was swept by anti-government riots in 2003.
Tourism Minister Mahamood Shougee said police were taking special measures to deal with the situation and witnesses said heavily increased security deployments were apparent on all government buildings.
Authorities will seek help from Interpol, the US and India in investigating the blast, Mr Shareef said.
Mr Gayoom is regarded as an efficient administrator who is responsible for the Maldives’ spectacular success in the tourism industry.
Additional reporting: AP
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