Via Watts Up With That?: Despite popular opinion and calls to action, the Maldives are not being overrun by sea level rise.
No spot in the Maldives is more than six feet above sea level. ...The Maldives are not submerged nor are they submerging.
The Maldives, a strand of coral atolls south of India, is just about the most tenuous country on Earth. No patch of land in the island chain, where the population has risen from 200,000 to 400,000 in the last 25 years, is more than six feet or so above sea level. Even modest projections for a rise in sea level from global warming would increase flooding from storm surges. A higher rise could render hundreds of islands uninhabitable. ...
So it boils down to this: Who would you rather believe? People doing studies on-site and gathering photographic evidence that shows clear geologic actions of lowered sea levels on the islands, or somebody sitting in an office analyzing and doing regressions on tide gauge data
As a matter of fact, the sea level is receding as the Earth expands.
Ostia, aka Portus Romanus, the main seaport of Ancient Rome, is now 2 miles inland with no access to the sea.
In New Jersey, new land exposed by the receding sea is sold to the highest bidder.
And the only thing submerged in the Maldives is Ithaa at the Conrad.
Amazing what a little intelligent design can do.