Comments on: Maldives: “Paradise Drowning”, partly due to tourism? http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: maldiviano http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334752 Sun, 27 Apr 2008 04:53:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334752 fact is every persone who know the maldives knows we are in grave danger due to climate change, still there mantality is to enjoy the paradise while they can rather than trying to preserve it

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By: danny bloom http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334745 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 14:50:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334745 I have some friends from Taiwan who visited the Maldives last fall and had a lovely 10 days there. Paradise on Earth, they told me. I think that for now, if the island nation needs the tourism revenue, go ahead with the flights. It’s a small picture. The big picture is that global warming will devastate the world 500 years from now, and the Maldives by then will be under water. But now, they might as well enjoy Paradise and make some money while they are at it. 500 years from now, their descendants won’t have any islands to live in. They will all have migrated north to Russia and Canada to live in polar cities. So let the Maldives enjoy life while they can and make some money too. Sure.

What will polar cities look like? Here:
http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

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By: Malik http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334743 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:18:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334743 The Hulhumale’ Project is an innovative solution to the congestion problem on Male’, the capital. It is actually ‘raised’ 3 feet higher than other islands on the archipelago. In fact, the tsunami of December 2004 did not affect Hulhumale’ and its residents. Further, there was a comprehensive EIA done prior to dredging, so criticising the President for the project is unwarranted.

The leader of the Maldives opposition recently said “Gayoom keeps talking about some rising seas…I dont understand it…he shouldnt spend public money to go to international conferences to speak on the subject”. The man does not know that the people of the Maldives are already suffering because of beach erosion, fresh water salinity and sea swells. How ignorant!

Also, the opposition in the Maldives are trying their level best to brush the climate change issue under the carpet in fear that an already overwhelmingly popular President Gayoom will have a further card to play during the upcoming elections. They just cannot compete with him on environmental policy. His reputation on that front is global!

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By: Hassan http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334742 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 10:22:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334742 Mr Gayoom’s much touted environmentalism flies in the face of his failure to walk his talk. It is only reasonable to expect of him to be a role model for his own people and the world, when he expresses concern for sea level rise and advocates for steeper cuts in global green house gas emissions.

His carbon footprint is immense. He lives in a palace with its own power station and desalination plants. There are 20 odd cars housed in air-conditioned garages, a good number of boats; all for one person’s pleasure and all powered by fossil fuel, not by solar or clean energy. Here is a man who, during some of his visits to islands the size of a football stadium, ships his Mercedes in advance, for a drive lasting few seconds. Moreover, he usually charters or uses separate aircraft for his official overseas travel.

The international community should take note of these double standards.

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By: Monique http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334731 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 01:43:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334731 amazing this president has no knowledge about tourism or economy , more about environment all he writes is internet cut copy paste. President Gayoom has to step down and make room for a proper democracy. His environment policy failed wen he went ahead with is Hulumale project the reclaiming and dreging of sea near the International Airport. That was the ultimate nail in the head. ref: web site : Hulumale city

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By: Badr Naseem http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334729 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 16:43:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334729 Before seeking international aid President Gayyoom should cut his own expenses. He is currently spending US$18,000.00 per hour. Isn’t this absurd?

B Naseem

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By: ziggy http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334725 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 12:54:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334725 I dont think that going back to stone age is the solution for the problem. Of course global warming is happening and we all are experiencing it. What we need is innovative and efficient environmental friendly ideas and work upon that. We as human beigns tackled the problem of ozone layer by reducing green house gases in 90’s. So why cant we do it now?, what we need is to keep our differences away and work toghether for the future.
The only difference between the 90’s and now is that, we dont have a large whole in the ozone layer over Australia, but small islands like us are in big trouble for something we havnt even done for.

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By: Dana http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334723 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 08:22:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334723 I don’t know who’s crazy ‘ who’s insane and who’s normal, but I think that the stories about the “rising” of see level in Indian Ocean just confuse everyone.There is no any prove of rising the see level in Maldives. And it’s obvious the new islands have been formed!

Regarding the subject of the article – “rising” the number of the islands resorts will not change neither the climate nor the holidaymakers to pick another tropical destination.

But something else could make the “Terrastrians” to change the planet!

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By: ceres http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334721 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 05:00:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334721 yes i say it happend in orlando fl. in 2003 i was looking for enployment and even disney would not hire me(no dont laugh)i was told that not only a year ago they couldnt keep enough staff to meet there needs,they where literly
hireing folks of the street and i heard from more than one source,and at the time they had no openings,so if you where there,in2003-2004 and your potty wasnt clean
dont blame it on me.lol

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By: adhu http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/comment-page-1/#comment-334720 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 04:47:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/04/22/maldives-paradise-drowning-partly-due-to-tourism/#comment-334720 are you saying that cutting flights to maldives will make a much difference..???
the developed nations can afford to cut down…not the developing nations…tourism is the only way for us to eat…

are you guys crazy at reuters???

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