World’s First Refugees From Global Warming

MaldivesThe 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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Do you believe in global warming?

How do you suppose opponents of global warming theory can explain the sinking Maldives?

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World News Wednesday

7 thoughts on “World’s First Refugees From Global Warming

  1. The beach by my hometown used to go out maybe 300 feet. Now there’s only 10 feet of sand in some areas. For years they blamed it on erosion but a study a few months back chocked it up to rising sea levels.

  2. OH but this is still not enough proof for the people that dismiss global warming. Even prior to the discussion over the last decade why haven’t people asked themselves why many seashore communities start with 4th Street instead of 1st Street .

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