Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Reference: Rising seas threaten Shanghai, Bangkok Post, October 20, 2009

It is claimed that the use of fossil fuels has raised atmospheric carbon dioxide to well above 300 ppm since 1979, and that in turn, CO2 has trapped solar heat, melted glaciers and ice-sheets, and raised sea levels to a point that Shanghai is becoming inundated with sea water (Rising seas threaten Shanghai, Bangkok Post, October 20, 2009). In fact, the inundation problem in Shanghai was first noted and measured by geologists back in 1921 when atmospheric carbon dioxide was below 300 ppm. The problem is attributed to subsidence caused by the removal of ground water and the weight of the buildings in the downtown area of the city. The subsidence continues to this day and it is estimated that Shanghai is sinking at an annual rate of more than one cm per year. It is illogical, irresponsible, and mischievous to attempt to relate Shanghai's subsidence problem to carbon dioxide emissions and the Copenhagen agenda.

Cha-am Jamal

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