It is probable that, with the rise in sea level accompanying climate change, that island nations in Indonesia and the Caribbean, as well as the coasts of India and Bangladesh, will become submerged or at least partially. Islands are actually being submerged off the coast of India and Bangladesh already. The process is, of course, gradual.
Climate change has already caused island nations to disappear. The inhabited island of Lohachara, located where the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers converge into the Bay of Bengal, is now submerged as a result of rising ocean levels. The island was home to 10,000 people, and many other inhabited islands are likely to vanish as well as global warming causes water levels to rise. Several islands, including Vanuatu in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a precaution to help save the populations.
Climate change as well as geophysical changes that the Earth naturally goes through, all cause the Earth’s surface to be ever changing. These processes are typically gradual, such as water erosion in the Grand Canyon, however, some large earthquakes or volcanoes and other natural events can cause immediate changes to villages, towns, cities or other landmasses as well as loss of human and animal life.
Climate change does seem to be resulting in the gradual disappearance of certain island nations. One island nation particularly hard hit is Tuvalu. The highest elevation of Tuvalu, located roughly halfway between Australian and Hawaii, is approximately 5 meters, placing the Tuvaluans at a real risk of losing their entire island to rising sea levels. Island nations across the pacific, ranging from those surrounding Papa New Guinea to Fiji, are facing similar predicaments.
Redbird wrote “Several islands, including Vanuatu in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a precaution to help save the populations.”
Is that why Cate Blanchett, the actress, was able to find waterfront property?
From the Vanuatu travel and luxury magazine Pacifique: “Cate Blanchett’s purchase in Havannah Harbour has everyone rethinking this tropical paradise.”
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