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Despite their nickname and the hype that has stirred fears in an already bleak year, the hornets kill at most a few dozen people a year in Asian countries, and experts say it's probably far less. By comparison, hornets, wasps and bees typically found in the United States kill an average of 62 people a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

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Very very weird.

https://maldives.net.mv/35056/maldives-to-open-four-new-airports-in-2020/

Maldives islands that 97% of scientists say should be already under water to open 4 new airports in 2020.

 

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The airports being developed in Funadhoo, Madivaru and Maavarulu were amongst five new airports scheduled to open last year. However, the projects ran into several difficulties, with only two of the planned five airports opening in 2019.

Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) was awarded a MVR 50 million (USD 3.23 million) contract in 2018 to reclaim 21 hectares of land off the northwestern end of Funadhoo and build a 1,200-metre runway. The company had completed the runway along with an apron and taxiway in March.

Another MVR 57 million (USD 3.69 million) contract was awarded to the public company in 2018 to develop a 1,200-metre runway, a taxiway, an apron and a jetty at Maavarulu.

MTCC was also contracted in 2018 to reclaim 16 hectares of land from the lagoon of Hoarafushi and the neighbouring uninhabited island of Maafinolhu for the airport development project.

Meanwhile, Madivaru airport is nearing completion.

Kuredu Holdings, which owns and operates several resorts in Lhaviyani atoll, is investing USD 13 million to develop the airport. The project involves reclaiming some three hectares of land from the lagoon of Madivaru, building a 1.2-kilometre runway, and a training academy for aviation officials from flagship carrier Maldivian and seaplane operator Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA).

The company can develop a city hotel to incentivise the airport operation.

Lhaviyani atoll has one of the highest concentrations of tourism activity in the Maldives, with several resorts already operating in the atoll, including Kuredu Resort Maldives, Komandoo Island Resort and Spa, Hurawalhi Maldives, Palm Beach Island Maldives Resort and Spa, Atmosphere Kanifushi, Kanuhura Maldives, Fushifaru Maldives, Cocoon Maldives, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, and Innahura Maldives Resort.

Over 1.5 million tourists from across the globe visit the Indian Ocean island nation every year to holiday in one of the 150 plus resorts and some 500 guesthouses located in all corners of the country. The multi-billion dollar tourism industry, which is the country’s main economic activity, relies heavily on the domestic transport infrastructure, especially air travel.

Maldives, the most dispersed country on the planet with 1,192 islands spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometres, already has 14 airports, including four international airports.

 

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6 hours ago, lucklucky said:

Maldives islands that 97% of scientists say should be already under water

Um, that bit?

6 hours ago, lucklucky said:

Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) was awarded a MVR 50 million (USD 3.23 million) contract in 2018 to reclaim 21 hectares of land

Then this:

6 hours ago, lucklucky said:

contract was awarded to the public company in 2018 to develop a 1,200-metre runway, ... and a jetty

Then this again

6 hours ago, lucklucky said:

also contracted in 2018 to reclaim 16 hectares of land

Oh, also that bit

6 hours ago, lucklucky said:

seaplane operator Trans Maldivian Airways

This bit

6 hours ago, lucklucky said:

The project involves reclaiming some three hectares of land

OMG!

The hints are all over the place that the location is somehow dominated by aquatic features. Very, very weird indeed.

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1 hour ago, sunday said:

So the Maldives have been underwater by 2 years now.

Fortunately, we have some videos from 3 years ago that show what have been lost (or not). For instance:
 

 

 

RE: The Maldives...didn't it turn out that some areas are 'sinking' because they're pumping out ground water?

The Cali Central Valley had to pump ground water due to our long running drought (and the failure of the various Administrations to prepare or improve the reservoir system due to the person in charge saying in effect, there will never be rain in CA again==just before huge storms sent trillions of gallons running into the sea) to water crops and this resulted in the ground 'settling down'.

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5 minutes ago, NickM said:

RE: The Maldives...didn't it turn out that some areas are 'sinking' because they're pumping out ground water?

That was the case in Venice (the Italian one, not the LA beach), for sure. A cursory search pointed out the Maldives could be more of the same.

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Keep in mind that many islands rise and fall relative to sea level not because of sea level changes, but because of the geology on which the islands are mounted.

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14 hours ago, Ssnake said:

Um, that bit?

Then this:

Then this again

Oh, also that bit

This bit

OMG!

The hints are all over the place that the location is somehow dominated by aquatic features. Very, very weird indeed.

Still pretty optimistic for a doomed island nation, who would possibly finance such an imminent catastrophe?

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I didn't see the "97 % of scientists said the Maldives should be under water by now" from the newspaper link, merely that the local government was alarmist about it in the late 80s already, before climate change became fashionable. A look at Wiki shows that their president still claimed his nation would be submerged in seven years eight years ago, but the current scientific consensus (i. e. IPCC position) is that the upper limit of predicted sea level rise would mean that "most" of the inhabited islands would have to be abandoned by 2100. Then again it cites a study saying that islands might actually rise in step with the sea level through tidal movement of sediment.

Overall, the newspaper clip is probably worth as much as the one below it about the claim of the Noriega regime that they uncovered a US plot in Panama. Or for that matter the ad on the right for a $ 99 program that will make you look good in 30 days. 😁

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You have another source on cities claimed to be flooded by 2020? Hoffmann et al. (1983) predicted 5-17 cm by 2000 and 13-55 by 2025, Villach (1987) 2-51 for the latter, Oerlemans (1989) 0-40. But since the first IPCC report (and thus "consensus") in 1990, the earliest target I can find is 2030 - IPCC (1990) "about 20 cm", Vermehr and Rahmstorf (2009) about 13-23, US NRC (2012) about 8-24. Which all generally jives with the ca. 9 cm rise since 1993, but is obviously not enough to put any cities underwater. Though I guess for a government sitting in a capital just one meter above sea level, alarmism comes easily.

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There are new fears, of course. Water flows downwards, they were saved till now by gravity and heat from the Hell known as Australian Wildlife, which warmed up and sent a lot of water back up.

Now the 2020 Australian fires changed the balance. Who would thought in 1990 that hellfire can be fight with fire... (Except Katauri programmers)

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23 minutes ago, BansheeOne said:

You have another source on cities claimed to be flooded by 2020? Hoffmann et al. (1983) predicted 5-17 cm by 2000 and 13-55 by 2025, Villach (1987) 2-51 for the latter, Oerlemans (1989) 0-40. But since the first IPCC report (and thus "consensus") in 1990, the earliest target I can find is 2030 - IPCC (1990) "about 20 cm", Vermehr and Rahmstorf (2009) about 13-23, US NRC (2012) about 8-24. Which all generally jives with the ca. 9 cm rise since 1993, but is obviously not enough to put any cities underwater. Though I guess for a government sitting in a capital just one meter above sea level, alarmism comes easily.

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That is an absolutely amazing photograph in so many ways.

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