Here\’s one in the eye for a certain sort of climate campaigner.
Professor Paul Kench, of Auckland University, who co-authored the study with Dr Arthur Webb, a Fiji-based expert on coastal processes, said the study challenged the view that the islands were sinking as a result of global warming.
\”Eighty per cent of the islands we\’ve looked at have either remained about the same or, in fact, got larger.
\”Some have got dramatically larger,\” he said.
\”We\’ve now got evidence the physical foundations of these islands will still be there in 100 years,\” he told New Scientist magazine.
\’Coz they\’re coral see? As the coral of the reef grows, waves bring the broken off bits to add to the island. The islands get larger therefore.
This James Lovelock thing of Gaia as a self regulating organism….amusing that those most likely to agree with the idea have been least likely to grasp the implications of it really.