From this article: Thai temple fights off encroaching tide as world sea levels rise (link expired)
- “fishermen have cut down mangrove forests”
- “Tourism development, sand mining and damming rivers upstream have also taken their toll”
- “an area naturally prone to coastal erosion”
- “‘The process has been occurring over some time and accelerating with land use changes and local human activity’”
- “Coastal erosion of varying degrees affects 21 percent of Thailand’s coastline”
The above quotes are facts.
Here is a speculation: “Climate scientists say that as global warming heats the Earth up, glaciers and polar ice caps will melt and sea waters will expand, sending oceans rising by at least 18 centimetres (7.2 inches), or possibly a great deal more by 2100.” [emphasis added]
One more arguable “fact”: “World sea levels rose 3.1 millimetres per year from 1993 to 2003, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says.”
So, five factual statements, one speculation, and the supposed fact that the sea has risen the width of 3 dimes and what do we get out of the article?
“I don’t know what happened, but when the experts came they told me it was global warning and melting ice in the North Pole’” and “they argue that because the industrialised world was historically most responsible for global warming, they should contribute generously to a fund to help poor countries adapt to the changing world.”
Oh, now I see – we’re all doomed. Thai for lunch anyone?