London, Dec. 3 (ANI): Predictions that rising sea levels will swallow up low lying islands like those existing in the Maldives are a 'false alarm', an expert has claimed.
According to Nils Axel-Morner, former head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics department at Stockholm University, any rise in sea levels is to do with natural historic fluctuations.
He was reacting to Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed's warning at this year's UN Climate Conference that his country was 'an island nation that may slip beneath the waves if all this talk on climate does not lead to action soon'.
According to the Daily Mail, in a provocative article in the Spectator, Axel-Morner says: 'I have conducted six field trips to the Maldives. I can report that while such regions do have problems, they need not fear rising sea levels.'
Axel-Morner said that cycles from the 18th and 17th century proved that current rises were not related to global warming.
He said that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) views on sea-level rises were invalid.
"Sea level rises are affected by a great many factors, such as the speed at which the earth rotates. They rose in the order of 10cm to 11cm between 1850 and 1940. It is clear that sea levels rise and fall entirely independently of so-called 'climate change," he said.
Alex-Morner claims that data from satellites has been 'tilted' to distort figures - and that a member of the IPCC admitted to him, 'We had to do so otherwise there would be no new trend.' (ANI)