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Tata, Tuvalu

Ukilei Taomia
12:57 AM ET (US)
Talofa everyone. I am Tuvaluan living in Hawaii. As far as I'm concerned, Tuvalu will be just fine. We are not the one to judge nor predict how Tuvalu may become, but we must leave it all to the hands of who created Tuvalu. He'll decide what is best for Tuvalu and its people. Thanks for the concern and support.

Fafetai lasi or Thank you very much!!!
02:10 PM ET (US)
I used to live in Micronesia. (Marshall Islands). Periodically uncommonly high tides would flood Majuro, but not while I was there. Was Tuvalu the place that made tons of money selling fossilized bird poop in the form of phosphates? Here's a google-oid:
Scientific evidence does not support Tuvalu sinking theory

Fears expressed by a government official in Tuvalu that his nation is rapidly sinking below the sea are not supported by scientific data.

The Assistant Secretary of Tuvalu's Envionment Ministry, Paani Laupepa, has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program that Australia, by refusing to allow Tuvaluans to migrate, is ignoring the plight of Tuvalu's ten thousand people.

However, as Sean Dorney reports, the scientific data collected by the gauge installed at Funafuti in 1993 shows there's been no net rise in the sea level in the past eight years.

The South Pacific Sea Level Monitoring Project installed a gauge in Tuvalu's capital, Funafuti, in March, 1993. The data is plotted every month and monitored by the National Tidal Facility based in Adelaide, Australia. The latest result for June shows the sea level was actually a few centimetres below what it was in March, 1993, but about the same as it was in June that year. The most dramatic results came during the El Nino in 1998 when the sea level at Funafuti was, for a few months, thirty centimetres lower than in March, '93. The Director of the National Tidal Facility, Wolfgang Scherer, says that by November 1998 the sea level at Funafuti resumed its normal seasonal cycle of a ten centimetre rise early in the year followed by a ten centimetre drop later in the year but that overall there's been a sea level rise of zero.
Brian Carnell
09:44 AM ET (US)
See the Associated Press story about this claim. Sea levels might wipe out Tuvalu in 50 years. Then again, maybe not.
Brian Carnell
09:15 AM ET (US)
Here I was all ready to post "but, remember, global warming is a myth..." but Stefan beat me to it.

I know, God forbid anyone actually approach anything skeptically, but on this Tuvalu story the question nobody seems interested in asking is whether or not it is accurate.

This story has its origins back in August and somebody is misreporting the story.

Take two versions of it. The first is from the Honolulu Star Bulletin and repeats this claim -- that everyone in Tuvalu is evacuating as we speak.

But theBBC covered the story a couple days before the Bulletin and had a completely different take -- that the Tuvalu was requesting a meeting with George W. Bush for aid in relocating Tuvalu's 12,000 people if the island goes under water sometime in the next 50 years.

I know, I know -- if somebody says there's an environmental disaster we're not supposed to check the facts and we're not supposed to go through Google looking for verification of a single unsourced news story from a British tabloid, but still something seems fishy here.
Zed Lopez
12:21 AM ET (US)
uh, 'cause the world's ice isn't just floating in the ocean; huge amounts of it (but less than there used to be) is on land, or attached to the ice on land, especially in Antarctica, but also the lands around the Arctic circle.
Edmund Shaw
08:44 PM ET (US)
So if you have a glass with ice and water in it, and the ice melts, the glass doesn't overflow. Water expands as it freezes, too. So why don't melting ice caps lower the sea level?
Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
06:19 PM ET (US)
Oooh! Ooooh! I should have said "TuvaluVALUELand!" Much better name for an archipelago of floating outlet malls.
Zed Lopez
06:13 PM ET (US)
Here I was all ready to post "but, remember, global warming is a myth..." but Stefan beat me to it.
Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
05:58 PM ET (US)
Bah! Another scare story by the humanity-hating environmentalists. There's a rational, free-market solution to every situation, but They don't want this mentioned because it's opposed to their socialist welfare queen mentality. Just let the Invisible Hand do it's work and everything will turn out fine for the Tuvaluvans.

Maybe we can help with vouchers, or a capital gains cut, or a maybe getting Six Flags or Disney to hire them all to staff Tuvaluvaland, a floating theme park that makes its money from tax-free Outlet Malls.

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Cory DoctorowPerson was signed in when posted
05:28 PM ET (US)
Aw, crap! Tuvalu is one of those place I've always dreamed of visiting -- to my mind, it's been synonymous with "island paradise." I took my first holiday in six years last spring, and it was a tossup between Costa Rica and Tuvalu... Check out the Lonely Planet entry on the island:

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