Within a few weeks a boat filled with wide-eyed children and tearful adults will pull out from a Pacific lagoon to escape the slow death of their island home.Or, are the islands slipping into the sea, tectonic instability causing them to sink?
The group will become the world's first refugees from the effects of global warming, leaving behind a tiny speck of land that is being slowly swallowed by the rising ocean.
Ironically, the Carteret Islanders have made what is possibly the smallest carbon footprint on the planet, yet they are the first to suffer the devastating effects of a wider, polluted world they know nothing about.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
The world's first climate change refugees to leave island due to rising sea levels:
Posted by Peter A. Stinson on Saturday, December 29, 2007