Now hang on a minute, this doesn’t make sense

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Apparently climate change is to blame for a lake in Bolivia drying up.

Or so a scientist says. What this is, in reality, is another manipulative alarmist article blaming something on climate change that is unsupported by the facts.

Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia’s second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain.

Lake Poopo was officially declared evaporated last month. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone.

High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 metres (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles.

But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say.

“This is a picture of the future of climate change,” says Dirk Hoffman, a German glaciologist who studies how rising temperatures from the burning of fossil fuels has accelerated glacial melting in Bolivia.

As Andean glaciers disappear so do the sources of Poopo’s water. But other factors are in play in the demise of Bolivia’s second-largest body of water behind Lake Titicaca.

Really? This guy is a scientist? When glaciers, which are made of ice, exist, the water is trapped in solid form. When they melt they become water…so a melting glacier actually means more water flowing into the lake, not less.

This lake has dried up before, and rebounded before…its a cycle.

Turns out it isn’t climate change that is causing the problem, it is El Nino.

Drought caused by the recurrent El Nino meteorological phenomenon is considered the main driver.

What isn’t helpful, though, is not climate change, which is what is being blamed, but idiotic policy on water use.

Authorities say another factor is the diversion of water from Poopo’s tributaries, mostly for mining but also for agriculture.


While Poopo has suffered El Nino-fueled droughts for millennia, its fragile ecosystem has experienced unprecedented stress in the past three decades. Temperatures have risen by about 1 degree Celsius while mining activity has pinched the flow of tributaries, increasing sediment.


The head of a local citizens’ group that tried to save Poopo, Angel Flores, says authorities ignored warnings.

“Something could have been done to prevent the disaster. Mining companies have been diverting water since 1982,” he said.


Environmentalists and local activists say the government mismanaged fragile water resources and ignored rampant pollution from mining, Bolivia’s second export earner after natural gas. More than 100 mines are upstream and Huanuni, Bolivia’s biggest state-owned tin mine, was among those dumping untreated tailings into Poopo’s tributaries.

After thousands of fish died in late 2014, the Universidad Tecnica in the nearby state capital of Oruro found Poopo had unsafe levels of heavy metals, including cadmium and lead.

So, not climate change; mining and poor water management are responsible and it has been going on since at least 1982.

But the entire article keeps coming back to climate change, which is obviously not the case.

I’m not sure the headline supports the article at all. It is just climate alarmism from the Media Party.


– NZ Herald