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article imagePacific nation evacuates to Fiji in response to rising sea levels

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 2, 2014 in Environment
The land has been bought and preparations are being made. The island nation of Kiribati is slowly being drowned by rising sea levels and they are planning to escape shortly.
President Anote Tong paid around $8.77 million for a 20 sq km piece of land for his people. He hopes that they will be able to spread out some but they are going to try to make a new life for themselves there. This information comes from a report by the Guardian.
The IPCC has many reports on this trend. Many island nations are at risk of being swallowed up by the ocean. This applies not just to the pacific, as with Kiribati, but to other areas such as the Indian Ocean. While we are not seeing all of the effects of climate change right now we are seeing many areas where sea levels are rising.
While the area has no shortage of boats, the reports so far have been unclear as to how they will be moving everyone. No matter how the evacuation happens it is very clear that they need to get out since the rising waters have decimated their ecosystem. Even if they are not completely submerged they will not be able to live their normal lives anymore.
It may be too late to reverse climate change so people are attempting to find ways to mitigate the impact on our civilization. Moving cultures around is one popular method but could cause other problems. One piece of technology that may prove useful in the future is the creation of artificial islands. While this is not a perfect solution it would be a quick fix and some hope for those who urgently need help right now.
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