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Run out of space? No problem. Just build on another room. In the case of an entire country that is sinking into the Indian Ocean, the situation becomes a bit more acute. Technically, The Maldives isn’t sinking, the sea levels are rising and slowly swamping the low-lying Indian Ocean nation, scattered south west of India. The Maldives, a country of some 500,000, is slowly being engulfed by the sea and its residents becoming ‘climate refugees’. 80% of The Maldives is less than 1 metre above sea level. The effect on the outlying islands has already been profound over the past […]

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Let's not give any support to the incorrect impression that the Maldives are under special threat. They've allegedly been under threat since long before I was born, and they recently completed construction of five airports -- not usually something done at sites expected to vanish beneath the waves soon.

The truth is that sea levels are not rising any faster today than they were when humans first started collecting data in the 1850s. For example, here's the data from the measuring station at the Battery in New York: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_station.shtml?id=8518750

Straight line, no acceleration.

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