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 Villagers in Kiribati, which the World Bank says should be allowed to work and permanently settle in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images World Bank argues structured migration program would prevent forced migration in future generations
May 8, 2017 — Australia and New Zealand should allow open migration for citizens of Pacific nations threatened by climate change, to boost struggling island economies and prevent a later mass forced migration, a paper from the World Bank argues.
Continue reading World Bank: let climate-threatened Pacific islanders migrate to Australia or NZ CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) are greeted by traditional dancers in grass skirts at the meeting’s opening in the Micronesian capital Palikir on September 8, 2016. Photo by Bill Jaynes/AFP Climate change threatens the very existence of some low-lying island countries such as Kiribati and Tuvalu
PALIKIR, Micronesia (Sept. 8, 2016) — Pacific island leaders opened their annual regional summit Thursday, September 8, with a colorful ceremony in Micronesia, as some of the world’s smallest nations vowed to put up a big fight against climate change.
Continue reading Pacific nations open summit with eye on climate fight Tabwena Kaokatekai, 42, of Buariki, a village in North Tarawa, with her newly planted mangrove trees. Erosion along the beach here has already toppled dozens of coconut trees into the ocean. JOSH HANER / THE NEW YORK TIMES Climate change is threatening the livelihoods of the people of tiny Kiribati, and even the island nation’s existence. The government is making plans for the island’s demise.
TARAWA, Kiribati (July 4. 2016) — One clear bright day last winter, a tidal surge swept over an ocean embankment here in the remote, low-lying island country of Kiribati, smashing through the doors and windows of Betio Hospital and spewing sand and debris across its
Continue reading A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas AFTER THE STORM. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child’s toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA The world’s island states will come to the United Nations not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force
UNITED NATIONS (Apr. 22, 2016) — With their very existence under threat from climate change, the world’s island states come to the United Nations on Friday, April 22, not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force.
Continue reading Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal Vehicles are stranded in floodwaters at a roundabout in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images As some of the least developed nations claim they can’t access the Green Climate Fund, NGOs help with the ‘excruciatingly painful’ accreditation process
February 16, 2016 —When the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was announced at COP16 in 2010, the intention was to give small, developing countries direct access to finance to protect themselves
Continue reading Why can’t poor countries access the climate finance they were promised Residents of Port Vila, Vanuatu, seen amid debris. Reuters Climate change may still seem far off for some, but for the people of the island nations of Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and the Marshall Islands, it is already a disturbing reality.
January 1, 2015 —In recent years, cyclones, droughts, and other natural disasters have become commonplace for these Pacific island nations, as well as several other nations. If sea levels continue to rise at their current rates, some of the islands will be fully submerged within just a few decades, according to a UN report released at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in early December.
Continue reading These island nations could be underwater in as little as 50 years