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Will rising sea levels be the end of Kiribati?

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The European Union's climate chief says it is a pity that the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not attend a major UN climate meeting in New York next week despite the fact that he is due to attend a UN Security Council meeting in New York the next day.

The Australian PM is a proud climate change sceptic who only a few years ago claimed that climate change was all b....shit. World leaders including US president Barrack Obama and UK prime minister David Cameron will attend the UN secretary-general's Climate Summit on September 23 but Abbott will send his Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to represent Australia at the climate talks. 

The small pacific island nations who are Australia's neighbours will be the first casualties of climate change. Kiribati is the canary in the coal mine when it comes to climate change. It is about 7,000 kilometres north-east of Australia and is already feeling the devastating impacts of rising tides. The water is destroying homes, making soil more salty and decimating crops. If some climate scientists are correct, the majority of Kiribati could be underwater by the end of the century. For Kiribati and other island nations of the Pacific it is a matter of survival. 

Kiribati president Anote Tong said "We will not survive. If we don't do something, we will not survive. The projections of sea level rise are between half a metre to one metre – that's serious for us". Mr Tong will make the case for his nation at the UN summit.

It's a shame that the current Australia government is taking such a negative view of climate change and has abolished the carbon tax introduced by the previous government and now looks like abandoning the RET (Renewable Energy Target) as well. These changes can only add more distress to the people of those Pacific countries facing destruction in the future from rising sea levels as the climate warms. 

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report voice_cd 2014-9-19 09:21
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Reply Report 财神 2014-9-19 19:56
the impacts of climate change has been showing the world, especially Himalayan nations. there are various strange changes and development in nature. it handle the climate deficits, we must allocate the forecasting of Climate devastation.
Reply Report SEARU 2014-9-21 07:42
Your topic  on sea level is important!;
I do wish Searu's level would improve day by day!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-9-21 10:37
Sounds like the overall attitude in Australia is: "It don't affect us, so we're not going to help"
Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2014-9-21 16:31
Religious right around the world particularly in US consider the whole global warming is nothing but a hoax. All conservative ruling governments very much adopted same view. Maybe the bible should be updated to version 2.0 .
Reply Report aussie65 2014-9-22 09:08
Dr.Bill.Shen: Religious right around the world particularly in US consider the whole global warming is nothing but a hoax. All conservative ruling governments very  ...
Maybe you're correct Bill. Tony Abbott was going to be a priest once and he's definitely a right winger. I don't think the poor folk of Kiribati think it's a hoax considering that sea levels have already risen about 200mm.
Reply Report aussie65 2014-9-22 09:15
teamkrejados: Sounds like the overall attitude in Australia is: "It don't affect us, so we're not going to help"
Well, the last government of Julia Gillard took measures to avert the situation but was so swamped by lies and hysteria about everything she did that the gullible Australian public swallowed it and opted for a more conservative government but they seem to be fast changing their mind again.
Reply Report aussie65 2014-9-22 09:18
财神: the impacts of climate change has been showing the world, especially Himalayan nations. there are various strange changes and development in nature. i ...
Climate change will impact all parts of this planet and we are running out of time to address it.

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