Rush Limbaugh, Pete DuPont, Michael Savage, the Discovery Institute and other great exponents of reality denial (generally, but not always, without drugs) will continue to rail at James Hansen’s science chops, but the universe goes on in the Real World™. Global warming, climate change, takes a severe toll on inhabitants of this planet.
It’s a tribute to the propaganda value of Anthony Watts that this milestone earned so little note: Residents of Carteret Island, Papua New Guinea, began their move to higher ground last week. The rising ocean is reclaiming their land; seasonal high tides make agriculture impossible.
You can read about the refugees in The Solomon Times. You can read about it in the Papua New Guinea Post -Courier. You can’t read it about it much of anywhere else. The revolution is not televised, it’s not even in print.
Meanwhile, in Alaska, without serious action by the world to enact some sort of program out of the Kyoto meetings to combat climate change by nations united, indigenous peoples are meeting to figure out what they can do without government help. The place of their meeting carries a message:
The summit is taking place about 500 miles from the Alaskan village of Newtok, where intensifying river flow and melting permafrost are forcing 320 residents to resettle on a higher site some 9 miles away in a new consequence of climate change, known as climigration.
Newtok is the first official Arctic casualty of climate change. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study indicates 26 other Alaskan villages are in immediate danger, with an additional 60 considered under threat in the next decade, Cochran said.
Here’s how the warming denialists’ diary entries should run:
“Climate change chased the Carteret Islanders out of their homes, but I wasn’t concerned because I am not a Carteret Islander, and probably couldn’t find the place on a map.”
- Reuters News item via Scientific American about aboriginals and other non-mainstream industrialized peoples conferencing on how to fight effects of warming
- George Monbiot’s column in The Guardian (this is a newspaper column, not a science paper)
- Daily Mail story from 2007 describing the long-running problems at Carteret
- Times of London story from 2006
- Oh, and see the video, “Climate Change Denial Crock of the Week” on the topic