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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Territorial dispute settled by the effects of climate change

Global warming ubxImage via WikipediaA long standing territorial dispute between Bangladesh and India over a small island in the Bay of Bengal has been resolved - by a rise in sea level.

The uninhabited territory , known to the Indians as New Moore Island and to the Bangladeshis as South Talpatti  Island, never extended more than 1.9 metres above sea level. However, satellite images  now show the sea has totally submerged it.

"What the two countries could not achieve from years of talking has been resolved by global warming." says Professor Sugata Hazra, of Calcutta's Jadavpur University School of Oceanographic Studies.

While global warming has been discredited in recent years, there is no doubt this was a classic example of climate change.

Acknowledgements: Awake magazine
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