Coastal lines, not sea levels, are rising.
While images that confirm previous assumptions are soothing, certain portrayals and the beliefs they support might be deceptive. A commonly believed assumption of the climate change movement is that sea levels are rising and endangering island nations all over the world. However, scientific evidence contradicts this viewpoint. Whether climate alarmists' objectives are altruistic or not, attempts to lower the planet's temperature must be based on facts, not fantasy.
Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe stood knee-deep in the sea at the recently concluded United Nations COP26 climate change conference in Scotland, urging drastic climate mitigation to prevent his atoll nation from disappearing beneath the waves: "We will not stand idly by as the water rises around us." We are organizing collective action at home, in our area, and on the world stage to guarantee our future."
It was an engrossing depiction of the alleged aquatic destruction caused by human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. Nonetheless, it was deceiving. Tuvalu, in the South Pacific, is growing rather than shrinking.
A study published in the journal Nature in 2018 by the University of Auckland used aerial photography and satellite images to examine changes in the shorelines of Tuvalu's 101 islands over 40 years. "Surprisingly, we show that all islands have altered, with island growth being the primary form of change, increasing the nation's land area," the researchers found.
Officials from Tuvalu have contested the findings, which show that the islands have increased by 2.9 percent, but pictures, unlike politicians, do not lie. Furthermore, climate activists in the United States, who drive President Biden's "green" agenda, would recoil at the notion that coastlines have been increasing internationally, not just in Tuvalu.
Landsat satellite pictures were used to track coastal changes between 60 degrees north and 50 degrees south latitude from 1984 to 2019, according to a new research published in the Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in 2021. The authors add, "In general, we observed that accretion is the prevailing tendency over erosion over the planet."
Asia's coastline has been growing at the quickest rate, at 0.64 meters per year, followed by Europe at 0.45 meters per year, Africa at 0.31 meters per year, and Australia at 0.10 meters per year. The situation in South America has remained constant. Only North America has seen a reduction in its shoreline, which is retreating at a rate of 0.29 meters per year.
While Mr. Biden may be concerned about erosion near his Delaware beach property, similar fears did not stop Barack Obama from purchasing his own seaside mansion on Martha's Vineyard up the East Coast. No amount of hand-wringing over climate change deterred House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from spending $25 million on an oceanfront estate in Florida.
It is natural for people to respect the beauty of their surroundings and take measures to preserve it. Climate alarmists who advocate for drastic actions to prevent fictitious environmental damage, on the other hand, risk jeopardizing both their credibility and their cause.