Gallery: Kiribati Island Nation Considers Moving Entire Population to F...

 

The Pacific island nation Kiribati has found itself at the epicenter of the global climate change debate, as it is one of the first places that will be destroyed if sea levels rise as predicted through this century. Kiribati leaders are currently mulling a major decision to purchase 6,000 acres of land on Fiji’s main island for $9.6 million as insurance against a submerged future. If necessary, they could move their entire permanent population of just over 100,000 onto the land in Fiji. The nation is composed of 32 atolls, like the one shown above, and one coral island spread amidst 1,351,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, some of which have already been affected by salinated soil and drinking water due to water level changes.

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  1. Jerry McKelvey March 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    It is a fact but sad that these people have to leave their land. I have been there, they are wonderful people, very outgoing and happy. The land is beautiful also, they could never find a place more beautiful. It is my hope that they dont have to move. Jerry Mckelvey Kelcotwo@hotmail.com

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