Remote Pacific islands slipping below the ocean- plan launched to relocate entire population

March 9, 2012 –  FIJIFearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji. Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave. “We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it,” Tong said. “It wouldn’t be for me, personally, but would apply more to a younger generation. For them, moving won’t be a matter of choice. It’s basically going to be a matter of survival.” Tong said some villages have already moved and there have been increasing instances of sea water contaminating the island’s underground fresh water, which remains vital for trees and crops. He said changing rainfall, tidal and storm patterns pose as least as much threat as ocean levels, which so far have risen only slightly. Some scientists have estimated the current level of sea rise in the Pacific at about 2 millimeters (0.1 inches) per year. Many scientists expect that rate to accelerate due to climate change. Fiji, home to about 850,000 people, is about 1,400 miles south of Kiribati. But just what people there think about potentially providing a home for thousands of their neighbors remains unclear. Tong said he’s awaiting full parliamentary approval for the land purchase, which he expects in April, before discussing the plan formally with Fijian officials. –MSNBC
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10 Responses to Remote Pacific islands slipping below the ocean- plan launched to relocate entire population

  1. sharon mary yount says:

    it has helped me in class. sharon mary yount


  2. Paulie says:

    Climate change or change in climate or land sinking. IPCC defines climate change as any change in climate or doesn’t at all.


  3. With respect to the article on March 7 by Paul Chapman [Telegraph, Wellington, NZ] on the future of Kiribati, I have to protest and urge all readers to consult the only “hard facts” there are, viz. the tide gauge record of the changes in sea level.

    The graph reveals that there, in fact, is no ongoing sea level rise that threatens the habitation of the islands. This is the hard observational fact, which we should all face before starting to talk about future flooding and the need for evacuation.

    If the president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, claims that the islands will soon be flooded and that there is an urgent need to buy new land for possible future refugees, it is the president’s own tactical idea in order to raise money from abroad. Let us respect the observational facts and stay away from invented disasters.


    • Tim says:

      The islands are sinking, being pulled down by the weight of billions upon billions of ice that has, and still is, melting from both polar ice caps. Sea levels are going down which was reported by NASA. I guess if your island is sinking then the end result is the water level around you is rising.


  4. aussiegirlonamission says:

    post glacial rebound effect?


  5. dontbelieveallyouread says:

    What is going on in Kiribati has nothing to do with rising sea levels, if there is such a thing.


  6. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.Revelation 16:20


  7. Stefan says:

    Global warming doesn’t exist according to several new reports the latest couple of years by wellknown scientists (mainstream news don’t bring it up). Haven’t they understood that Earth change with the ground raise and sink. The part where i live is also sinking, BY NATURAL CAUSES – not claimed global warming !!!!!


  8. Kenneth Wade Wilson says:

    All posters are requested to refrain from use of the expressions “Climate Change”, “Global Warming” or similarly political propoganda terms. I just browsed to this site looking for news of the CME this morning and became infuriated at seeing such terms. The islands sink because they do so regularly. They’ll be back.


  9. Desmond says:

    Sorry I have to disagree with you on that one, I do not know anything about the Kiribati Islands but I spent three and half years in the Seychelles and there is hard fact that the ocean is claiming what is hers.


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