An Island Nation Facing Its Own Demise

Tuvalu, in the South Pacific, is made up of nine small islands with a population of 11,000. It is estimated that the entire atoll will be uninhabitable in about 50 years due to climate change. Already the citizens are feeling the effects, as high tide floods the neighborhoods like never before. Sixty-four-year-old Ioane Malologa said,
"I have already advised my children. I got four daughters and one only son. ... They've been well educated, and now they all got jobs in the government. Well that'd be okay for their life at the moment but ... I have advised them -- it is better to migrate."

This sentiment is not held by all. Though encouraging his children to migrate, Malologa himself wants to stay in Tuvalu. While most Tuvaluans have family living abroad, largely in New Zealand and Fiji, many people I met there wanted to stay in Tuvalu as long as possible. But in a country where land is precious and scarce, coastal erosion, flooding, and increasingly severe weather patterns, eking out a living here is now difficult.

Read more and see a gallery of photos at The Atlantic. Link -via Look At This

(Image credit: Amelia Holowaty Krales)

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Where are profits from the .tv domain registrations? They should use it on infrastructure to stave off flooding or even to buy land to resettle their citizens.
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There's a documentary called "Sun Come Up" about the efforts of the Carteret Islanders to obtain new homes on larger islands in Papua New Guinea. It's an excellent movie, but very sad.
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