The tiny island of Tuvalu, north of Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean, announced in 2001 that they would be abandoning the island because of rising sea levels. The sea level rose 12 inches in Tuvalu in the 20th century. Saltwater intrusion is affecting the drinking water and food production in the country, and coastal erosion is eating away at its nine islands.
The Prime Minister of Tuvalo said in 2003, “We live in constant fear of the adverse impacts of climate change. For a coral atoll nation, sea level rise and more severe weather events loom as a growing threat to our entire population. The threat is real and serious, and is of no difference to a slow and insidious form of terrorism against us.”
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