The President of Maldivia, Mohamed Nasheed, announced that his government is considering a move to Australia for his nation’s 350,000 citizens if the tiny archipelago disappears beneath rising seas.
Such a migration would make Maldivians the first refugees driven from their homeland by global warming.
As reported by Popsci, if sea levels rise as predicted over the next century — by 23 inches, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the 1,200 islands of the Maldives archipelago will largely be submerged.
The Sydney Morning Herald notes that President Nasheed’s possible choices for the move – Australia, for its climate and abundance of space, Sri Lanka and India, for their proximity and cultural similarities – are being discussed, though not yet confirmed.
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