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Maldives switches focus from climate threat to mass tourism

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The government plans to increase tourism from 1.3 million people a year to more than seven million within 10 years. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

The new government plans to relocate residents to larger atolls – leaving small islands ripe for development. It says these super resorts, not solar power, will create the money needed to adapt to climate change

March 3, 2017 — When Mohamed Nasheed, the young, first democratically elected president of the Maldives, said in 2008 that he was seeking to buy a new homeland to save his people from being Continue reading Maldives switches focus from climate threat to mass tourism

More than 60% of Maldives’ coral reefs hit by bleaching

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Bleached coral seen at low tide on Hudhuranfushi Island, North Male atoll. Bleaching events are becoming more frequent and severe due to sea temperature change. Photograph: Simon McComb/Alamy

Scientific survey found all reefs had been affected by high sea surface temperatures, with up to 90% of coral colonies bleached in some areas

August 12, 2016 — More than 60% of coral in reefs in the Maldives has been hit by “bleaching” as the world is gripped by record temperatures in 2016, a scientific survey suggests.  Continue reading More than 60% of Maldives’ coral reefs hit by bleaching

Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

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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.

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