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Kiribati Global Warming Fears: Entire Nation May Move To Fiji

March 19th, 2012 |

Here is an interesting article about the travails of the island nation of Kiribati. They are considering buying roughly 10 square miles of Fiji as a back-up plan against sea-level increase (many of their atolls are only a couple of feet above current sea level). Their current population is about 103,000 people, though they are growing at a 1.5% rate. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/09/kiribati-global-warming-fiji_n_1334228.html

Kiribati Global Warming Fears: Entire Nation May Move To Fiji By NICK PERRY 03/ 9/12 07:06 AM ET

– Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji.

Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could be insurance for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.

“We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it,” Tong said. “It wouldn’t be for me, personally, but would apply more to a younger generation. For them, moving won’t be a matter of choice. It’s basically going to be a matter of survival.”

Kiribati, which straddles the equator near the international date line, has found itself at the leading edge of the debate on climate change because many of its atolls rise just a few feet above sea level.

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