The NZ Herald publishes misleading garbage

Get this load of crap, reprinted from the U.K. Independent:

"Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India’s part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true. "
"As the seas continue to swell, they will swallow whole island nations, from the Maldives to the Marshall Islands, inundate vast areas of countries from Bangladesh to Egypt, and submerge parts of scores of coastal cities. "
"Until now the Carteret Islands off Papua New Guinea were expected to be the first populated ones to disappear, in about eight years’ time, but Lohachara has beaten them to the dubious distinction."

It sure has--this island disappeared more than twenty years ago!

"Atanu Raha, director of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, said the islands were getting eroded by oceanic currents, not by rising sea levels.
“Erosion and accretion are natural phenomena. Across the world islands submerge and new ones emerge. This is natural,” Raha said.

Since when was it the Herald's mission to promote the lies and hysteria of the global warming/climate change religionists? And if that's not what they're doing, they're publishing crap such as this without bothering to check the facts or present both sides of the story.Sure beats covering the corruption and violence closer to home, eh?

Update: A commenter in Tim Blair's blog pretty much sums it up:

"So let’s see… The island is in the delta of a river system than drains 1/3 of the monsoon-soaked Indian subcontinent and is subject to routine flooding, storm surges and tsunamis from the Bay of Bengal. But it was that Global Warming generated 2.8 centimeter ‘wall of water’ that devastated this bucolic paradise. This ‘reality based thinking’ can be tricky.
Posted by Brentbo on 2006 12 24 at 01:42 PM

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