Tuvalu May Move On To Foreign Soil 10 May 1990 (29 years now)

Tuvalu may move on to foreign soil (See comment for proof the islands are in fact growing)
FUNAFUTI: A leading politician from the Pacific island state of Tuvalu has suggested the outside world
consider donating rock and soil to his tiny low-lying nation in a bid to beat possible rising sea levels from
the greenhouse effect.
In an interview on the capital atoll of Funafuti, Works and Communications Minister Ionatana Ionatana said he believed scientific predictions that Tuvalu could be swamped within 40 to 50 years. He said few ofTuvalu’s 9000 people would want to leave the country, which is made up of eight inhabited coral atolls more than 1000km north of Fiji.
“We must acquire material to build up the islands,” he said. “How else can we ensure the safety of this nation?” Mr Ionatana said a study was needed to ensure the concept, which he had yet to put to the country’s Cabinet, was viable. Other possibilities included the sacrifice of outer islands to add to the size of more populated ones.
Soil dredged from the bottom of lagoons could also be used. This was being examined currently as part of another land reclamation project, funded by Australian aid, to fill in large pits left by US troops who needed material to build Funafuti’s airstrip in World War II. However, Mr Ionatana said he favoured the idea of importation of foreign rock and soil using bulk carrier ships which now ply the Pacific with minerals and other goods.
“We should start doing that right now. Within 10 years the islands may be high enough to safely ac-
commodate our people from the rising sea level. If you start now, I think it’s not too late.” Although he admitted the idea would be a massive engineering and logistical exercise, he suggested the area contained by Funafuti’s 18-by-20km lagoon could be filled in to a height of 10m above its current water level, giving the country ample room.
He said that without a solution to the greenhouse problem, the Polynesian people of Tuvalu would have
to leave, possibly to an island donated by Australia or New Zealand.


1 thought on “Tuvalu May Move On To Foreign Soil 10 May 1990 (29 years now)

  1. Chris Mitchell is absolutely correct: (from Andrew Bolt’s Blog)

    “Trust the science.” It’s the mantra of left-wing news outlets on any climate change story, yet many ­reporters at the ABC, Guardian Australia and the Nine Entertainment newspapers don’t seem to know the science.

    The ABC’s reporting of the ­Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu from August 13 to 16 was a spectacular case in point. In a bid to wedge Scott Morrison on the public broadcaster’s favourite subject, climate, Pacific leaders received a free kick. But here’s the thing: most of the islands are not sinking. That is what the peer-reviewed science shows.

    In a famous paper from the University of Auckland released last year and based on sophisticated physical models, scientists showed many of the atolls on Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tokelau are actually rising. The finding confirms observations from satellite photos showing the islands are increasing in area, Tuvalu by 73ha between 1971 and 2014.

    Other papers tell much the same story:

    From a new paper by Virginie K. E. Duvat, of the Institut du Littoral et de l’Environnement, University of la Rochelle, France:

    A reanalysis of available data, which cover 30 Pacific and Indian Ocean atolls including 709 islands, reveals that no atoll lost land area and that 88.6% of islands were either stable or increased in area, while only 11.4% contracted…

    Over the recent past, 29 atolls exhibited a stable land area, while one (South Tarawa, Kiribati) increased in size.

    This confirms earlier studies:

    ‘Professor Paul Kench and Dr Arthur Webb studied 27 atoll islands in the central Pacific over a period of up to 60 years. They said: “Results show that 86% of islands remained stable (43%) or increased in area (43%) over the timeframe of analysis.”‘

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