So it’s not about climate change then?

In Saint-Louis, the consequences of climate crisis are tangible: thousands of people uprooted; houses destroyed; hundreds of children attending classes in the evening instead of in the morning because their school has been swept into the ocean. The World Bank, which recently allotted €24m (£20m) to combat the effects of climate change in Saint-Louis, estimates that 10,000 people in the city are either already displaced or live within 20 metres of the waterline, the high-risk zone.

And this is just the beginning. According to a study commissioned by the Senegalese government, 80% of Saint-Louis territory will be at risk of flooding by 2080, and 150,000 people will have to relocate. Most of west Africa’s coastal cities, home to 105 million people, face a similar threat.

Except, well:

He is referring to an engineering mistake, which contributed to the deterioration of the Langue de Barbarie. In 2003, heavy rainfall caused the Senegal river to rise rapidly, putting Saint-Louis at risk of flooding. As a quick fix, local government dug a four-metre-wide breach, or canal, cutting through the Langue de Barbarie. The effect has been the opposite of the one intended. Although at first the river level dropped, the breach quickly started to expand. It is now 6km wide and has cut off part of the peninsula, turning it into an island – and flooding Doun Baba Dieye.

It’s not actually about climate change, is it? It’s about an engineered change in currents and water flow wiping out a sandbank.

6 comments on “So it’s not about climate change then?

  1. Last year Martin Clunes fronted a TV programme about Avery Island, in Louisiana. Climate Change got a fair chunk of the time, and he spoke to long time residents who were being flooded out of their homes. After watching (and swearing), I did some Googling, and soon found a different story. Here’s some of the text I saved:

    Levees built along the river in the early 1900s shut off the spring floods that carried sediment to deltas, setting in motion a sinking of their wetlands that should have taken hundreds of years.

    “Everything changed so fast,” Serigne said. “Of course, looking back with the information we have now, we can see how it all happened”. “It was the canals — the oil company canals”

    What they didn’t know then was that their wetlands had been under attack for more than 50 years. By the early 1960s, they were being tamed by hard-surfaced roads, drowned by flood-protection levees and strangled by industries that brought canal dredging to the fragile ecosystem

    In fact, for 70 years, residents mostly supported the very forces that would spell doom for their lifestyle — levees and canals dredged for oil, gas and shipping.

    They applauded dependable levees on the Mississippi River because they could prevent floods that inundated cropland and even homes. But sealing bayous like Terre aux Boeufs from the river stopped the delivery of the silt and fresh water the delta needed to remain above sea level. Without the silt, it would slowly sink, becoming ever more vulnerable to flooding

    Climate Change – NO. Man Made – YES.

  2. The population of Senegal has doubled in the past 30 years. Similarly Bangladesh, where there is also a lot of bleating about the threat of climate change and how the West needs to fork over cash in compensation, has tripled its population since the 1960s.

  3. There has been no change in the rate of sea level rise for 100 years. WE HAVE DATA. The assertion that Man is causing catastrophic sea level rise is just plain stupid. Yet millions – billions? – believe it. The Left, the UN, the legacy press repeat the lie.

  4. Bangladesh’s problems were exacerbated by poor people chopping down trees for firewood and depleting their forests at an alarming rate, causing faster run off and more silting. This decreased as they go richer (due in no small part to sweat shops) and last I saw they have started reforesting.

  5. @Tim W

    As you have exposed the lie of “Climate Emergency” twice today (other being this) as a hoax/lie, will you admit CO2 is not a problem and a ‘Carbon Tax’ not needed and bad?

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