Jimbo Takes Down Ecocide Lawyer – Hands Out a Slapdown.

<< The piece below was actually a comment on this post about lawyer and eco-activist Ms Polly Higgins by the redoubtable “Jimbo” but it was so good I decided I had to re-post it here. Enjoy! >>

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Her website, Trees Have Rights, lists some examples of Ecocide:
* the threatened existence of the low lying Maldives due to rising sea levels;
* the shrinking of the Greenland ice sheet;
* the melting of the Himalayan Glaciers;
* the pacific gyre, the ‘island of garbage twice the size of Texas’, slowly spinning in the ocean.

Let’s deal with her claims one by one.

MALDIVES:

New Scientist – June 2010
“For years, people have warned that the smallest nations on the planet – island states that barely rise out of the ocean – face being wiped off the map by rising sea levels. Now the first analysis of the data broadly suggests the opposite: most have remained stable over the last 60 years, while some have even grown….During that time, local sea levels have risen by 120 millimetres, or 2 millimetres per year on…

The dynamic response of reef islands to sea-level rise
Results contradict existing paradigms of island response and have significant implications for the consideration of island stability under ongoing sea-level rise in the central Pacific. First, islands are geomorphologically persistent featureson atoll reef platforms and can increase in island area despite sea-level change.
http://www.sciencetimes.com.cn/upload/blog/file/2010/6/2010661255519341.pdf

Solomon Star– March 5, 2009
When the sea rises, the atoll rises with it, and when the sea falls, they fall as well.
ENN

The following is an open letter to the president of the Maldives written in 2010 by Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner. His main points were:

“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 remained stable for the last 30 years, implying that there are no traces of any alarming on-going sea level rise.

(5) Therefore, we are able to free the Maldives (and the rest of low-lying coasts and island around the globe) from the condemnation of becoming flooded in the near future.”

GREENLAND ICE SHEET:

“…glaciologists reported at the American Geophysical Union meeting that Greenland ice’s Armageddon has come to an end.” [January 2009]
American Geophysical Union
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/323/5913/458a

“Waters from warmer latitudes — or subtropical waters — are reaching Greenland’s glaciers, driving melting…”
http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=7545&tid=282&cid=69134&ct=162

“…the rate of warming in 1920–1930 was about 50% higher than that in 1995–2005.”
Petr Chylek et. al.
http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2006/2006GL026510.shtml

HIMALAYAN GLACIERS:

Glaciers in northern hemisphere partly melting due to soot.
James Hansen
http://www.pnas.org/content/101/2/423.full
http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/abstracts/2005/Koch_Hansen.html

Soot could equal up to 60 percent of the current global warming effect of carbon dioxide
http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2010/july/072710global-warming.html

Are all Himalayan glaciers melting?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8387737.stm
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/326/5955/924

Himalayan glaciers ‘melting’ due as much to soot and dust as CO2
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/himalayan-soot.html
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/himalayan-warming.html
http://www.atmos-chem-phys-discuss.net/9/26593/2009/acpd-9-26593-2009.html

PACIFIC GYRE:

Oceanic “garbage patch” not nearly as big as portrayed in media
via Oregon State University

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Tyrannical laws to “solve” a non-existent problem.

3 responses to “Jimbo Takes Down Ecocide Lawyer – Hands Out a Slapdown.

  1. Great blog.
    Next time you hear of drought in Africa I suggest you draw to attention of those who blame us for it to this piece which was written some time ago. It’s a great, short, read especially the table giving some of the previous droughts experienced in Ethiopia.
    Says it all really.

    http://ccb.colorado.edu/ijas/ijasno2/georgis.html

  2. Here are some other points which I didn’t post the first time as I didn’t want my comment to be to long.
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    MALDIVES:

    Human induced factors that can lead to sea water inundation, intrusion and erosion:
    Sand mining and gravel extraction for the construction industry
    Blasting boat passages
    Impacts of recreational divers
    Unsustainable over-extraction of fresh water from the lens

    Use of Artificial Reef Structures to Rehabilitate Reef Flats Degraded by Coral Mining in the Maldives – 1994
    “Reef flats of low-lying atoll coral islands are not only barriers against wave action but also the source of sediments of which the islands are built. Degradation of the reef flats by human activities may seriously impair these functions and lead to erosion and inundation. In the Maldives, large areas of reef flats have been degraded by mining of coral for the construction industry.”

    GREENLAND:

    “The annual whole ice sheet 1919–32 warming trend is 33% greater in magnitude than the 1994–2007 warming.”
    Jason E. Box et. al.
    http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/2009JCLI2816.1

    “We found that northern hemisphere temperature and Greenland temperature changed synchronously at periods of ~20 years and 40–100 years. This quasi-periodic multi-decadal temperature fluctuation persisted throughout the last millennium, and is likely to continue into the future.”
    Takuro Kobashi et. al.
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/n567324n1n3321h3/

    “The warmest year in the extended Greenland temperature record is 1941, while the 1930s and 1940s are the warmest decades.”
    B. M. Vinther et. al.
    http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/greenland/vintheretal2006.pdf
    [pdf]

    1937
    “Particulars are given regarding the big rise of winter temperatures in Greenland and its more oceanic climate during the last fifteen years.”
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.49706327108/abstract

    “The Greenland Ice Cap did not melt during the postglacial hypsithermal (some 5000 to 8000 years ago), when temperature was about 2.5 C higher than today. Nor did it melt during the Last Interglacial when temperature was about 4C higher than today. As to time, it would take more than a millennium (with full thermal forcing) to melt the ice masses stored there.”
    http://climaterealists.com/?id=6137
    By Nils-Axel Morner

  3. By the way the Maldives is planning a new airport.

    26 September 2010
    “Our mandate is to expand the airport from the current capacity of 2.6 million passengers a year to 3 million in the first phase, and then further increase that to 5 million in the second phase.”
    http://www.maldivestraveller.mv/news/1601/exclusive_designs_for_new_airport_unveiled

    It’s all the facts above that causes eco-hotheads to bury their heads in the sand [no pun intended]. ;O)

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