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Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

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The archipelago of Kiribati is the world’s lowest-lying country, with an average height above sea level of just two metres. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Kiribati and other low-lying countries are under threat from climate change, and while their people would rather stay behind, they may be left with no choice

May 18, 2017 — “Like a drop of water in a bucket, on its own is small, but if there are many, many drops, soon it is overflowing.”

Erietera Aram’s water analogy is apposite. His country faces being lost under the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

Pacific nations lead the way on Paris climate accord

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Marshall Islands president: ‘By becoming one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement, we have shown our determination to continue to lead this fight from the front’

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Mar. 21, 2016) — Battered by massive cyclones, El Niño-fueled drought and swollen king tides, fragile Pacific island nations vulnerable to climate change are leading the charge in implementing the landmark Paris climate deal.

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Rising seas swamp Marshall Islands

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CLIMATE CHANGE. A combination of king tides and storm surges have swamped several communities in the Marshalls. File photo from Wikipedia
A combination of king tides and storm surges have swamped several communities in the Marshalls this week, tossing rocks and debris into roads, backyards and homes

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Residents in low-lying areas of the Marshall Islands were braced for ongoing flooding Friday, March 11 as a series of inundations underscored the Pacific island nation’s vulnerability to climate change.

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