‘We Are Fighting For Survival,’ Pacific Island Leaders Warn reports John Vidal at the Guardian. Pacific nations challenged world leaders recently to act on climate change, warning that their low-lying atolls are close to becoming uninhabitable because of rising seas and increasingly severe floods, droughts and storm surges. “Climate change has already arrived,” said Christopher Loeak, president of the Marshall Islands, which hosted the Pacific islands’ annual summit, attended by most of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, including the US, China and the EU. The Marshall Islands, standing on average only two metres above sea level, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Earlier this year the president declared a state of emergency following a simultaneous drought and some of the worst floods ever experienced. A freak tide nearly destroyed the capital Majuro, breaching its sea walls. The drought left 6,000 people surviving on less than one quart of water per day. Many other small island Pacific “microstates”, including the Solomons, Tuvalu and the Carteret Islands, have all suffered rapid erosion, higher tides, storm surges and inundation of wells with seawater. Their future is under rapidly increasing threat.
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