Swedish Scientist Findings: Maldives are Not in Danger of Sinking
A Swedish scientist, a specialist on sea level changes, wrote a letter to President Mohamed Nasheed, explaining that the rising sea levels that he claims threatens to drown the Maldives within the next 50-100 years, was based neither on observational facts nor true scientific judgments.
Maldives Sea Levels Have Not Risen: Swedish Scientist
Swedish scientist Nils-Axel Morner, former chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change, has 30 years of experience in researching and studying changes in sea level. In 2000, he led a survey in the Maldives to observe and identify the effects of increasing sea levels in the country.
President Mohammed Nasheed of the Maldives Disregarded Scientific Evidence
In Morner’s letter to President Nasheed, he said, “In 2001, when our research group found overwhelming evidence that sea level was by no means rising in the Maldives, but rather had remained quite stable for the last 30 years, I thought it would not be respectful to the fine people of the Maldives if I were to return home and present our results to international community. Therefore, I announced this happy news during an interview with your local TV station. However, your predecessor, as President, censored and stopped the broadcast.”
President Mohammed Nasheed Ignores Communication from Scientist
“When you became President, I was hoping both for democracy and for dialogue. However, I have written to you twice without reply. Your people ought not to have to suffer a constant claim that there is no future for them on their own islands. This terrible message is deeply inappropriate, since it is founded not upon reality but upon an imported concept, which lacks scientific justification and is thus untenable. There is simply no rational basis for it.”
Maldives Climate Change Facts
Scientist Nils Morner also gave a few summarized facts in the Maldives:
(1) In the last 2000 years, sea level has oscillated with 5 peaks reaching between 0.6m to 1.2 m above the present sea level
(2) From 1790 to 1970 sea level was about 20 cm higher than today
(3) In the 1970s, sea level fell by about 20 cm to its present level
(4) Sea level has remained stable for the last 30 years, implying that there are no traces of any alarming on-going sea level rise.
(5) Therefore, we are able to free the Maldives (and the rest of low-lying coasts and island around the globe) from the condemnation of becoming flooded in the near future.
Morner also mentioned in his letter that the President is making a serious mistake by ignoring the available observational facts, refusing a normal democratic dialogue and continuing to menace the Maldivian people with the imaginary threat of a disastrous flooding already in progress.