LEVEL SCEPTICISM reported in news.com.au.
After viewing an Australian Museum display of the changing
coastline around Sydney Piers Akerman, writing for the Sunday
Telegraph, claims "climate doomsayers are all at sea".
According to the Museum, 18,000 years ago the coastline was
15 km (9.3 miles) to the east and 120 metres (394ft) below
the current sea level. This means there was no Sydney Harbour,
just a long series of sandy beaches with few headlands and
no extensive rock platforms. Between 18,000 and 6,000 years
ago the sea levels rose to their current levels. This is a
rise, on average, of one metre (3ft 3in) every 100 years.
Piers Akerman comments: "But the worst-case scenario
posed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change . has
sea level rising about 0.3m per 100 years, about a third of
the rise known to have occurred in the relatively recent past."
He then goes to ask how they know the current changes in sea
level and climate are caused by human activity. During the
time of rapid sea level rise described in the Australian Museum
display, human technology is believed to have been
"fire-stick farming," hunting and gathering, and
cooking over camp fires.
Telegraph article: http://www.news.com.au/story/
Museum Display: http://www.amonline.net.au/exhibitions/catching/sealevels
ED. COM. We may not agree with the timetable presented
by the Australian Museum, but there is no doubt that sea levels
and climate have changed significantly in the past and are
continuing to do so. Piers Ackerman is asking the right question
- if there weren't millions of people burning coal and oil
when the sea levels were rising at a more rapid rate than
they are today, why do we blame mankind for the recent slower
changes? The Bible tells us that large variations in the world's
climate began with the world wide flood of Noah. When it was
over, God told Noah that for the rest the history of the world
there would be periods of cold and heat, and 4,000 years of
agricultural history has confirmed this. Of course, it is
harder to shift the Sydney opera house than an Aboriginal
Gunya nade of sticks. (Ref. weather, environment, oceans)