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.


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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