In March 2007, we blogged about the dire situation of the South Pacific islands Kiribati and Tuvalu. The sea is rising due to global warming, and two uninhabited islands nearby have already sunk. Now Kiribati is preparing for extinction:
The leader of the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati laid out an extraordinary plan Monday (Sept. 22) that would scatter his people through the nations of the world as rising sea levels submerge the islands they have called home for centuries.
Rising sea levels are submerging the land. Land not yet submerged is being rendered uninhabitable by salty ground water.
This post is by Sheryl Canter, an online writer and editorial manager at Environmental Defense Fund.