Latin Americas first climate change exodus

Disappearing island

 
1,375Views 12Comments Posted 12/04/2018

Some 1,450 Gunas from the San Blas island Cartí Sugdup, will become the first indigenous community in Latin America to be relocated because of climate change, according to the NGO  Displacement Solutions.

The Panamanian state resumed the relocation project in 2017, which began in 2010 reports La Prensa

The  Gunas will leave their traditional dwellings of walls of white cane and roof of pencas, on one of the largest islands in the Guna Yala Archipelago by 2019 to about 300 homes of 41 square meters and two bedrooms, with buildings s for cultural meetings of the tribe. The total cost will reach $10 million, according to the government.

the exodus is the first of the 40  inhabited islands in the regions 365 with a total indigenous population of  33,109 inhabitants, distributed in coastal lands and islets.

The accelerated increase in sea level caused by melting polar icecaps has already disappeared some white sand islands in what is seen as a paradisiacal archipelago.

The debate continues in other island communities, but in spite of climate change skeptics, the waters keep rising.



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mhogan

Forget their SUV's; how about their private jets? You are correct about CO2. Comparing satellite images of periods prior to a higher level of CO2 showed conclusively that with CO2 at their present level, there was significantly more lush foliage than at a time when Earth had even a smaller concentration (>400 ppm). NASA proves "Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth". I'm not a proponent of increasing the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere beyond what they are today--I think the measures taken to increase are sufficient IF ALL NATIONS treat our environment with respect--they currently do not. The UNFCCC is nothing more than an arm pushing Agenda 21 and should be outlawed.

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mhogan

And I suppose the growing number of sinkholes which damage the roads (in and around Miami in general and Florida in particular) and compromise underground utilities are also the result of CO2. Come on boys, open up your minds to "natural causes" ... Man is never powerful enough for all the catastrophes you want to pin on MMGW.

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mhogan

So you say you're a scientist, show us your credentials. Regarding the hypothesis that the Maldives is sinking, may I draw your attention to the writings of Dr. John Happs (geoscientist and science educator at several universities in Australia and overseas, the SEAFRAME-Sea Level Fine Resolution Acoustic Measuring Equipment)-recording all parameters likely to influence sea level; Prof. Cliff Ollier, School of Earth and Environment; and Nils-Axel Morner of Stockholm) in their combined writings to President Nasheed of the Maldives basically explaining and stating unequivocally that the sea levels--particularly in response to his request for financial aid--"found overwhelming evidence that sea level was by no means in a rising mode in the Maldives, but had remained quite stable for the last 30 years"; "graphs of sea level for twelve locations in the southwest Pacific show stable sea level over the region. The data are compared with results from elsewhere, all of which suggest that any rise of global sea level is negligible". When the Deputy Minister of Tuvalu argued in a speech to the UN meeting on climate change "that the major greenhouse polluters [from Australia] should pay for the impacts they are causing [to their island nation of Tuvalu]" basically was dismissed as a backfired scheme to "seek new funding arrangement to protect them [Maldives] from the impacts of climate change". Research from aforementioned scientists and others, postured that "no global warming and related sea-level alarm would mean no compensation claims from island nations." -- it's all about money, as usual. So, Sear, do you use the SEAFRAME to establish your claim of rising sea waters and will you be so kind as to show us your publications and methodology to prove extent of rise. While at it, go back to my first line "show us your credentials" if you have them. Otherwise, I express to you "fuff"

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Sid

What do plants breath ? CO2 without raising CO2 more plants will not grow so morepeople starve .climate has been changing since the beginning of time and it will keep changing . And yet these climate people never give up their SUV .etc

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Bob

mhogan is back....too bad he can't keep his word that he wouldn't bore us with his opinions.

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Sear

As a scientist who has studied rising sea level on the Caribbean coast of Panama since the early 1980s, I will inform you that there is no "growing number of climate scientists [who] will argue it has nothing to do with CO2 and that the hype over rapidly rising waters is mostly manufactured." The actual manufactured hype are false claims like yours.

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mhogan

And a growing number of climate scientists will argue it has nothing to do with CO2 and that the hype over rapidly rising waters is mostly manufactured. Those "sinking islands" the warmists are always promoting as symptoms of global warming? Well, it turns out some are growing and none are in any more danger of inundation today than they were in less alarmist times. I'd send you numerous links to scientific research on alarmist statements proving they are not backed by available peer-reviewed literature but doubt you'd be interesting in reading alternative theories since your mind is closed.

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Captain

It will be cheaper to try and fix it now than use those tax dollars to sort out the consequences later. However as long as flat earthers believe it's cause has nothing to do with man than its probably already too late. As to the rise in sea levels taking place only in certain locations ....this is patently wrong and is a worldwide phenomenon. It obviously affects low lying regions the most . Try visiting the Maldives .....even there they accept it has nothing to do with the Earths axis!

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Darwin awards for all

Well i do not know if the photo above is the island or just a file photo but you well guess where the untreated sewage from all those houses is going .

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mhogan

I think there are forces at play causing changes other than CO2, (or other manmade/blamed climate changes) and don't believe there's one damn thing we can do about it. A minor shift in Earth's axis, state of activity of the sun, volcanic activity and even earthquakes, or increasing numbers of sinkholes. Something is happening, scientists know it but no need for causing panic of the masses--blame it on something Man can control so we idiots believe it's fixable with enough tax dollars.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Miami is spending billions raising the roads. Underground utilities are at risk.

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RedNekTex

Isn’t it odd how the sea only rises in certain areas while remaining constant everywhere else? Seems the laws of physics don’t apply when they conflict with the climate hoax.

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