So, hey there!
Odd thing happened yesterday. An article popped up in my newsfeed about good old Kiribati.
Do you remember when I wrote about Kiribati a couple of weeks ago?
As it turns out, Kiribati, a tiny island nation smack dab in the middle of the Pacific that at its apex is only a few feet above sea level, is in the news because it’s actually going the way of Atlantis.
Day after day, it’s being swallowed by the sea.
See, here’s how it looked 5 years ago.
And here’s how it looks today. (Pay close attention to the yard that juts out into the water. Another year or so, and those folks will have a backyard pool. For free!)
Here’s another “before” shot from 2011.
Before . . .
And after . . .
Why is the sea consuming Kiribati, you might ask?
Well, for those of us who are science believers (raises hand) including 99% of climate scientists polled, the answer is plainly global warming that’s caused by increased carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, courtesy of us humans. Global warming has made the polar ice caps melt at alarming rates, thereby continually increasing the sea level and, in turn, wiping out entire Oceanic island nations.
For those amongst us who are science-deniers (say like over 56% of Republican members of Congress), the cause of global warming is not humans, but rather is . . . gosh, I don’t know . . . maybe hocus pocus? Maybe Poseidon has been weeping prolific tears of joy because he finally but finally got a new trident in his Christmas stocking, thus the rising sea levels? Or, you can go with The Donald’s (aka John Miller’s) super creative theory and blame it randomly on the Chinese.
I’m sure you can come up with some other non-scientific answer as well as I can. As a matter of fact, make a couple up, and then take your pick. Each will be as worthy as the next.
Back to Kiribati. It turns out that its leaders are currently hatching a plan to transplant all 103,000 residents of their country before it goes under. Kiribati’s president, Anote Tong, at one point threw out an idea regarding the “possibility of constructing man-made islands like oil rigs for people to live on.” When that idea wasn’t embraced by residents, he decided to turn to nearby Fiji in an attempt to seek higher, safer, less sodden ground.
And that’s all fine and well, but it seems as if Fiji is having some hocus pocus problems of its own. Fiji’s topography is more varied than that of Kiribati. Thankfully, its highest peak, a non-active volcano called Mount Tomanivi, clocks in at a respectable 4,344 feet. Regardless, Fiji’s beaches and other lowlands are also being battered by more and more frequent storm surges due to um . . . hocus pocus, which, in turn, is devouring its shorelines and frequently flooding its cities at an equally rapid rate.
Amazing how this magic stuff works, isn’t it?
And, apparently, Oceania’s low-lying Marshall Islands are next on the Pacific’s menu.
Mmm, mmm! Good eats!
Oh well, never one to concentrate on the storm cloud when I can gaze at a sparkly silver lining, I’m happy about one thing, that’s for darn tootin’!
Despite the fact that the polar ice caps are breaking up, polar bears and penguins are starving to death, island nations are being submerged under the sea, irrelevant climate fiddle faddle is occurring more than ever before like ever-increasing hurricanes, tsunamis, and catastrophic floods, and that 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, I’m holding one thought dear.
Remember a few posts ago when I was bemoaning the fact that I had to memorize where 196 nations were located across the globe? Well, with Kiribati giving it up to its watery grave and all, instead of having to memorize the names and locations of 196 nations, I’ll soon be down to only 195! Then 194! Then 193! And so on . . .
In the words of Charlie Sheen, “Winning!!!”