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Tuvalu - going, going... by Ellerd on 6 October 2008 12:04pm
 
Interesting article in yesterday's Sunday papers about rising sea levels affecting the low-lying country of Tuvalu, in the South Pacific.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24448958-2,00.html

I found this point particularly interesting: "In a twist with far-reaching implications, Tuvalu Government officials and community elders are hoping in a worse-case scenario Australia will accept the entire population of about 10000 and allow them to continue to function as a sovereign nation, in the hope of one day returning to their island home."

What do you guys think? Since we are largely to blame for rising sea levels, should nations like Australia or the United States allow disappearing countries like Tuvalu or Kiribati to set up independent states within our borders?
 
Re: Tuvalu - going, going... by bIG bLOGGER on 6 October 2008 3:15pm
 
Ellerd: Have any South Pacific Islands actually disappeared yet,or is this scenario all 'future'?
 
Re: Tuvalu - going, going... by Ellerd on 6 October 2008 3:47pm
 
bb: The Carteret Islands off the Papua New Guinea coast are to be evacuated within the next couple of years. By 2015, rising sea levels will make the islands completely uninhabitable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carteret_Islands

Countries like Tuvalu and Kiribati will probably still be around in 2015. I doubt they'll exist in the current form by the middle of this century though...
 
Re: Tuvalu - going, going... by ev on 7 October 2008 8:32pm
 
I read somewhere that Tuvalu is actually just sinking.. hmm.. I guess that's also bad isn't it..
 
Re: Tuvalu - going, going... by suzulu on 8 October 2008 12:11pm
 
I couldn't find the story, Ellerd, but I have found this one. A solution?

http://www.tuvaluislands.com/news/archives/2008/2008-07-13.htm

 
Re: Tuvalu - going, going... by Ellerd on 10 October 2008 2:37pm
 
Suzulu - that's not a bad idea! Probably be a bit expensive though. I wonder, would you have to remain in the same spot? Don't like the wintry weather? Up-anchor and sail your city-ship to the other hemisphere! LOL!
 
Re: Tuvalu - going, going... by suzulu on 10 October 2008 3:27pm
 
Did you ever see "Waterworld" with Kevin Costner? The way things are going, the world may very well end up like that - scary!
 
Re: Tuvalu - going, going... by canaveralgumby on 10 October 2008 6:26pm
 
If nations like Australia or the US took these populations in, I'd be concerned that they'd wind up on something like a "reservation."
 
Re: Tuvalu - going, going... by Ken Dunn on 16 October 2008 10:18pm
 
Was it perhaps just a big neap tide or perhaps a tsunami from the many earthquakes that happen nearby.
If the people of the USA or Australian people feel guilty about causuing the rising sea levels due to global warming then they should accept refugees if the scenario materialises. I think the Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, etc. Islanders may have more in common with New Zealanders, especially Maoris, and they would probably be more at home and welcome there.
USA is nearer Micronesia and could lend a hand with that group of islands if necessary.
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USA could possibly help out with the Carribean islands where there seems to be an increase in the severity/frequency of hurricanes.
 



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