Posted by: islandsfirst | July 24, 2008


Given the 2-meter average elevation of their homeland and the projected scenarios for mean sea-level rise, this could be what 370,000 Maldivians call home within our lifetime:

Our coasts are already under siege. Our beaches are already eroding. Our land is already being washed away. Our coral reefs, and the marine life that they support, are already dying. Our homes, way-of-life and culture are already at risk. Our human rights are already being compromised, and our very lives are already being imperiled.

– President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of the Republic of Maldives at the July 8, 2008, UN General Assembly informal debate on “Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries – The Imperative to Act

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