Posted by: islandsfirst | January 19, 2009


The effect of saltwater inundation on crops is a major focus in ongoing relief efforts across the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. An emergency was declared in both nations on Christmas Eve after several low-laying areas were devastated by high waves on repeated occasions. According to this report from Agence France Presse, the United States is considering aid provision while inspectors from its Federal Emergency Management Agency (of Hurricane Katrina fame) assess the situation in the Pacific.

Another US federal agency, meanwhile, has released a report discussing the impact of sea level rise on coastal communities. According to a press release from the Environmental Protection Agency, the report “examines multiple opportunities for governments and coastal communities to plan for and adapt to rising sea levels.” Here’s to the hope, on the eve of an historic American presidential inauguration, that opportunities will not only be examined, but seized.

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