posted on Dec, 26 2006 @ 08:04 AM
Despite the denials of many that global warming is a real phenomenon, rising seas have claimed the first formerly inhabited island. Uninhabited
islands in the Pacific nation of Kiribati vanished as long as eight years ago, but now the island of Lohachara in the Bay of Bengal has disappeared
from satellite photographs.
Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara
island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the
most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.
As the seas continue to swell, they will swallow whole island nations, from the Maldives to the Marshall Islands, inundate vast areas of countries
from Bangladesh to Egypt, and submerge parts of scores of coastal cities.
Human cost of global warming: Rising seas will soon make 70,000 people homeless
Refugees from the vanished Lohachara island and the disappearing Ghoramara island have fled to Sagar, but this island has already lost 7,500 acres of
land to the sea. In all, a dozen islands, home to 70,000 people, are in danger of being submerged by the rising seas.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This underlines the seriousness of the problems we all face due to global warming. There needs to be a greater effort on behalf of all of us to
identify things we can do to at least moderate if not rectify the situation.
It is also overwhelmingly likely that human carbon emissions contribute to this problem, and while the world remains addicted to fossil fuels, this
will certainly cause the situation to worsen.
[edit on 26/12/2006 by Mirthful Me]