This December, politicians, activists, diplomats and environmentalists from all over the world will gather in chilly Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss â€œglobal warming.â€ The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will sponsor the Copenhagen conference, and its goal will be getting developed countries to cap the carbon emissions that cause â€œglobal warming,â€ thereby reducing the purported role that (primarily Western) nations play in the destruction of the Earthâ€™s ecosystem.
The Conference will work to renew the Kyoto Climate Treaty Against Global Warming (Kyoto Protocol), which went into effect in 2005 (the United States wisely chose not to be a signatory to that treaty). The Conference theme will also be based on the assertion that the Earth is warming to dangerously destructive levels, even though there is no real scientific proof that anything of the kind is happening on a global scale. The conference will be nothing more than a political money grab by third-world leaders, as they will be the ones to profit most from the new treaty (see previous NewsReal post by the author here).
One of the countries taking an active role in the quest for the passage of a new and harder hitting climate protocol is a real player on the international stage: the Maldives.
The Maldives archipelago is an idyllic getaway in the Indian Ocean, which is a popular vacation spot for the rich and famous. Its President, Mohamed Nasheed, has become one of the de-facto spokespeople for the â€œGlobal Warmingâ€ scare, going as far as buying land in other countries so that his people â€œhave somewhere to liveâ€ after his islands sink into oblivion from the inevitable (unless the treaty is passed) rising ocean levels.
In fact, in a major publicity stunt, which Amy Goodmanâ€™s Democracy Now! program announced in glowing terms, the government of the Maldives held a cabinet meeting last Friday, in scuba gear, twenty feet underwater.
Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed: â€œWe are actually trying to send our message, let the world know what is happening and what mightâ€”what will happen to the Maldives if climate change is not checked. This is a challenging situation. And we want to see that everyone else is also occupied as much as we are and would like to see that people actually do something about it.
Now, being the lowest country in the world, with an average ground level of only 4 feet, 11 inches above sea level, the Maldives does have its share of problems with tropical storms, monsoons and tsunamis. But here is the rub: the Maldives is not sinking. In fact, since 1970, the sea level has actually dropped 8-12 inches. Nils-Axel Morner, the scientist who has studied sea levels at the Maldives more closely than any other expert, said this:
In the last decade, [sea levels] have attracted special attention because, in the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change]-scenario, the Maldives would be condemned to become flooded in the next 50-100 years. Our research data do not lend support to any such flooding scenario, however. On the contrary, we find no signs of any on-going sea level rise.
Never mind the facts.
The real goal of President Nasheedâ€™s underwater cabinet meeting is to keep his country in the â€œglobal warmingâ€ limelight, and he knows how to work his audience:
I think this is a good action as far as publicity is concerned. Not locally, but internationally.
Well, at least he was right about that.