“Bengal Island succumbs to global warming nonsense – AP gets nutty over the loss of a sandbar“. A newspaper suggests that a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal has sunk below sea-level due to “global warming”. This sets Anthony Watts and Steven Goddard off on a rant that sea-level change can be due to sea-level rise or surface subsidence.
This is true! There are a number of local factors that affect “sea-level” in either direction. Sediment compaction. Erosion. Sediment deposition. Changes in ocean circulation patterns. Storm activity. Glacial rebound. Earthquakes. Plate tectonics. What does this have to do with global sea-level changes? Nothing.
Next up is the discovery of an ancient city 36 metres below sea-level off India’s western coast. Anthony says “How many Hummers were they driving 9,000 years ago? Chalk up another clueless AGW claim.” I guess Anthony and Steven haven’t heard of earthquakes.
It’s the denialists who are trying to build the straw-man argument that global warming is the only recognized source of sea-level change. Real scientists know better.