As reported in the Los Angeles Times, a Bay of Bengal island has ceased to exist. A tiny landmass that first surfaced in the 1970s has resubmerged, an apparent casualty of climate change, the Jadavpur University’s School of Oceanic Studies declared in March.
The island, midway between India and Bangladesh (called New Moore Island by India and referred to as South Talpatti by Bangladesh), became a catalyst for military threats in the 1980s and is now submerged under a rising sea. Global warming has finally resolved a dispute that gunboats couldn’t. The disputed island was about 2 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
As climate change continues, it will likely provoke military conflicts rather than resolve them.