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Faced with rising sea levels, Dutch-designed artificial islands could be the only option for the low-lying Maldives.
Climate change has not been kind to the Maldives. Sitting an average of just five feet above sea level, the tiny island nation scores the distinction of being the lowest country on Earth and because of rising seas, it runs the risk of being completely uninhabitable by 2100.
To alter the country’s scary fate, however, the Maldivian government has teamed up with Dutch architectural firm, Dutch Docklands International, to replace the sinking land with artificial “floating” islands.
Tethered to the ocean floor by cables, the structures will stay above water no matter how high sea levels reach and unlike man-made islands of sand and rubble, the new structures won’t have as many adverse effects on the environment.
Popular Science explains:
In the Netherlands, the company has already built floating islands for prisons and housing from slabs of concrete and polystyrene foam. For the Maldives, it will anchor similar structures to the seabed using cables or telescopic mooring piles, making landforms that are stable even in storms. The design disturbs only a small patch of the seafloor while preserving natural currents. And many smaller islands are more ecologically sound than one large one because they cast smaller shadows on the water, minimizing the impact on sea life.
While current plans include one island for luxury housing and another for a golf course, the company is in the midst of plans to construct islands with affordable housing in the near future.
Aug 8, 2012
Tow this over and beach it between a few islands. Problem solved. http://www.nbc-2.com/story/19243716/massive-rock-raft-found-floating-off-new-zealand
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If we keep going at this rate we will not have another 20 years to go back to Rio De Janeiro to play. Most all in the Scientific Community said this 20 years ago at the last time Leaders set up this meeting in Rio De Janeiro. Of course on the Tax payers money, and of course they said about the same thing again we need to do something! There is enough Energy from our Sun to Power all are needs on Earth and more. The richest on Earth are doing just that Building Solar Power Plants at a record pace. Solar Energy The Fastest growing energy on Earth. Albert Einstein 100 years ago showed the World it could get Free Energy, Electric from the SUN. (THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT).
...that the economy of the Maldives is completely dominated by tourism? Tourism is the only reason that the vast majority of people who live there get to live there and have anything above a stone-age standard of living. The tourists who bring their money to support the economy of the Maldives have to travel thousands of miles, usually by jet aircraft burning vast amounts of CO2-emitting fossil fuels. And then, most take fossil-fueled-powered boats the final miles to their dive locations for their precious few hours of under-water time. For those who are fortunate enough to already live there, their CO2 impact isn't any better. Nearly everything they need to survive, including food and fuel is brought via aircraft or by diesel or oil-powered shipping. If the residents of the Maldives honestly believe that CO2 is solely responsible for ultimately sinking their islands, then I think they have the moral obligation to either revert to a completely carbon-free existence, (which means giving up the tourist trade) or leave. Demanding that the rest of the world pay them money so that they can continue with their lifestyle unabated is simply self-serving and hypocritical. And shame on the rest of the world for falling for this.
Myself and others have been saying for years carbon credits were a useless scam. Intended to make money while emissions increased. Here is the admission. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/09/world/asia/incentive-to-slow-climate-change-drives-output-of-harmful-gases.html?pagewanted=all
They are polluting themselves into becoming the worlds largest toxic dump. They have corrupted much of their limited freshwater wells with salt water intrusion through poor water management. They have polluted much of their remaining freshwater with poorly managed human waste disposal. There are big problems in the Maldives, but they are not sinking. http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2009/12/why-the-maldives-arent-sinking/ http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/03/19/despite-popular-opinion-and-calls-to-action-the-maldives-is-not-being-overrun-by-sea-level-rise/ http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/08/the-maldives-is-sinking-and-we-arent-talking-about-sea-level/
Now if they could be corraled and dragged to the Maldives they could be added to concrete to make nice lightweight floaties . . . . The people of the Maldives could live on floating islands---with OTEC. Check it out.
If they build some OTEC plants, they would have free energy. Planes would use fuel to get the tourists there, but the energy there would be free. see here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_thermal_energy_conversion
I don't know where things really stand and I think I'm in the majority. However mankind has had a profound effect on this planet and not a lot of it have been positive especially the last hundred years. From reading the 3 links above I don't think any light has been shed other than "he said, she said". >> http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2009/12/why-the-maldives-arent-sinking/ Nils-Axel MÃ¶rner seems to have a creditability gap. So I wouldn't be so quick to use this reference. The other 2 links seem to conflict within themselves with the third one dealing more with their internal problems. If they use changes in waterflows, etc, to say the water levels are dropping then guess what. Those flows can change again. Mothernature doesn't care about some theory by some self proclaimed expert. She is in it for the long haul. Time will tell and if its the wrong answer I hope people have made a down payment on a boat.
...almost everything they need just to survive will still need to be shipped in literally thousands of miles.
Just because he is a scientist who is not drinking the global warming cool-aid he has no credibility? Such obsessive thinking is part of why global warming proponents lose credibility with me. He has far more technical and hands on knowledge of the situation in the Maldives than many of the physicists who claim to be global climate experts. And you completely missed the point of the third link. Their internal problems are why they are begging for money. Their money woes have nothing to do with managing problems brought on by rising seas caused by global warming. But the perceived threat of global warming induced flooding is a better begging point in the halls of the UN than saying WE ARE A BUNCH OF CORRUPT IDIOTS WHO ARE TRASHING OUR COUNTRY.