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Egg on Their Faces: The Maldives Still Above the Waves 30 Years After Environmentalist Prediction

On September 26, 2018, all 1,196 Maldives Islands will be under water, or so our environmentalist betters told us in 1988. Next week, the Maldives will go "poof," just like Atlantis. Here's the thing — the islands are actually getting bigger, and the climate alarmists have egg on their faces.

Daniel Turner, president of the pro-energy group Power the Future, had some fun with this prediction. "THIS IS NOT A JOKE. STOP LAUGHING. We have 7 days to rescue all the people and the living creatures. Call Noah and have him build another Ark. Bring out the Coast Guard. Send all the boogie boards and floaties you can find for the Maldives is going down in 7, 6, 5, 4..."

Turner doesn't really believe that the Maldives will sink below the waves next week. Anything is possible, but the best science is very much in favor of the Maldives' future as islands, not sunken lands.

"The earth is alive and it changes and it moves," Daniel Turner told PJ Media on Friday. "It’s just a little bit presumptuous that mankind can change it and controls it."

He noted that there are a "tremendous number of factors" influencing global climate, and outlandish predictions almost always turn out to be false.

Turner noted Paul Ehrlich's infamous predication "that England will not exist in the year 2000." He joked that Queen Elizabeth II, "age 92, is fighting to outlive Mr. Ehrlich, age 86, just so she can get one last chuckle."

England is still here, and the Maldives are still here. As for the dire prediction, it was first published on September 26, 1988. The brief report, sent by Agence France-Presse (AFP) and published in Australia's The Canberra Times, made a specific prediction.

"A gradual rise in average sea level is threatening to completely cover this Indian Ocean nation of 1196 small islands within the next 30 years, according to authorities," the report warned. "The environmental Affairs Director, Mr Hussein Shihab, said an estimated rise of 20 to 30 centimeters in the next 20 to 40 years could be 'catastrophic' for most of the islands, which were no more than a mere above sea level."

The prediction got even worse, however. "But the end of the Maldives and its 200,000 people could come sooner if drinking water supplies dry up by 1992, as predicted," the report stated.

The year 1992 came and went, but the people of the Maldives did not die of thirst. September 26 is about four days away, and the islands show no signs of sinking.

In fact, National Geographic's Kennedy Warne reported in 2015 that the islands are growing, not shrinking. Warne spoke with New Zealand coastal geomorphologist Paul Kench at the University of Auckland's School of Environment. Kench worked along with colleagues in Australia and Fiji to study reef islands and rising sea levels.