Posted by: islandsfirst | November 11, 2008

Has It Really Come To This?

From the Guardian:

The Maldives will begin to divert a portion of the country’s billion-dollar annual tourist revenue into buying a new homeland – as an insurance policy against climate change that threatens to turn the 300,000 islanders into environmental refugees, the country’s first democratically elected president has told the Guardian.

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Buying the Maldives back from tourists? Carteret Islanders conscripted off the evacuation boat? Saltwater ponds in i-Kiribati gardens? Tuvalu disappearing before most people have heard it exists? Twenty million Bangladeshis displaced in a generation? United Nations headquarters – albeit with fewer member-states – flooded in our lifetime?

Has it really come to this? Who will take the lead?

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