SUV’s Kill Thousands In SE Asia

It took them two days, but Greenpeace has found a way to tie the tsunami in Southeast Asia to global warming. You see, it’s all about the mangrove swamps!

A creeping rise in sea levels tied to global warming, pollution and damage to coral reefs may make coastlines even more vulnerable to disasters like tsunamis or storms in future, experts said Monday.

Few coastal ecosystems are robust enough to withstand freak waves like the ones that slammed into Asian nations from Sri Lanka to Thailand Sunday, killing more than 22,000 people, after a subsea earthquake off Indonesia.

But global warming, poorly planned coastal development and other threats over which humans have some control are weakening natural defenses ranging from mangrove swamps to coral reefs that help keep the oceans at bay.

I notice that “human overpopulation” is seldom cited as a problem in the wake of such events. Even Greenpeace knows when an argument becomes an oxymoron.

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Comments

  1. What about the positive effects of capitalism?

    The WSJ noted that 41,000 died in Iran’s quake last year, whereas only 63 died in San Francisco’s comparatively stronger earthquake in 1989.

    http://whatsit2you.blogspot.com/2004/12/it-wasnt-your-suv-that-killed-in-asia.html

  2. bryan says:

    Actually, it didn’t take that long. I heard this Monday morning on one of the news shows, but it wasn’t greenpeace.

  3. Sherri says:

    Maybe it was the seismic tests being performed to see if they could drill for oil under the sea?

    Seismic Surveys: Could the Whale Killing Operation Have Taken 100,000 Human Lives This Time?

    Sumatra Earthquake: Coincidence or a Corporate Oil Tragedy? (Check out the photo of the beached whales.)