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Global warming meets cool reception
Published on March 15, 2011 Email To Friend    Print Version

By TCI News Now Correspondent

A meeting about global warming on Thursday, March 10, at the Middle Caicos Community Centre was attended by a small crowd of local residents and only three people ventured questions.

However, a pamphlet entitled “Turks and Caicos Islands Climate Change Green Paper” has been cause for some “after meeting” research and concerns.

According to the committee presiding over the meeting, global warming is no longer debatable and is a proven fact.

Further, it was claimed that water levels have risen and will continue to rise as much as 2 feet in the next 85 years. Temperatures may rise as much as 11.5 degrees in the same period.

These propositions caused one attendee to note that, if all this was true, the TCI, Bahamas and other low lying Caribbean Islands are doomed. The committee was unable to respond.

The concept of global warming as a result of human activity, according to the meeting and the booklet, has been with us for decades and presumably is due to the industrial age that began in earnest in the 20th century.

It was, however, noted that, if this was true, the TCI would have noticed water levels rising and this has not been the case. In many areas, navigable passages are no longer passable due to shoaling and shorelines have been unaffected by rising water since development began in the TCI 40 years ago..

The presentation and the booklet indicated that, in the deep water trench of the eastern Caribbean, water temperatures have risen higher than on the banks of the Bahamas and TCI, where shallower water is more prone to warming.

The monitoring of the greenhouse gas CO 2 is being done on the peak of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which is claimed to be least affected by local pollution. However, Hawaii has two active volcanoes. Kilauea emits between 8,000 and 30,000 metric tonnes of CO2 daily. Further, Hawaii is home to numerous resorts and a large population consuming electricity produced by diesel generators, which also emit CO2.

Currently, worldwide there are 1,500 active volcanoes emitting CO2 and many more under the sea. The Eastern Caribbean is known for volcanic activity.

This week, Newsmax magazine published an article indicating that a professor at the prestigious engineering university Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has said that global warming is an “out and out fraud.” The article claims further that the methods for measuring temperature change are flawed. In 1974, both Time and Newsweek magazines used current data to predict a new ice age.

Many are saying that, by preaching global warming, liberal governments are being given the opportunity to control people’s lives.

The issue of reports of numerous hurricanes was also fielded at the meeting as evidence of the warming of the earth. However, it is only the last 20 years that hurricanes that form and remain at sea have been identified. This is due to the recent proliferation of satellite cameras, some furnishing weather information.

Last season, several hurricanes traveled straight up the middle of the Atlantic ocean and did not affect land but were seen and tracked by satellite cameras.

The attendees viewed some of the corrective recommendations spoken about and in the paper as positive. Improved energy production and conservation, as well as ecological friendly power production and handling of recyclables. However, this caused one attendee to remind the meeting that these issues, as well as that of recycling, had been on the table for years and the governments of the last 10 years have ignored them
 
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