Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Reference: Dykes planned to prevent city flooding, Bangkok Post, June 18, 2008

It is reported that the Thai authorities are planning to spend 30 billion THB to build a 100-km dike to protect Bangkok from rising sea levels caused by global warming (Dykes planned to prevent city flooding, Bangkok Post, June 18, 2008). Bangkok tends to flood during the rainy season particularly when high tide and increased river flow coincide. These floods are getting worse year by year because Bangkok is sinking. Sooner or later Thailand will have to invest in appropriate flood control infrastructure to deal with this problem. However, that has nothing to do with rising sea level, global warming, or greenhouse gas emissions. For a start, there is no evidence that the sea level is rising. The globe has not warmed for a number of years and over the last year it has cooled significantly. The core basis of the Kyoto Protocol, that man, through his use of fossil fuels, holds a knob that he can turn to control global temperature, is inconsistent with the data.

Cha-am Jamal

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