A family living next to the sea in the village of Betio, on the South Pacific island of Kiribati, pull themselves from the high waves of the ‘king tide’. Captions and Photo source: © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
Kiribati, the Pacific island nation with a population of 100,000, faces looming threats due to sea level rise and climate change.
Scientists have said that the island nation, along with other low-lying Pacific nations, could be uninhabitable within decades. According to Ben Strauss, Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central, “Sea level is rising 50 percent faster than it was 20 years ago and that is a real cause for alarm, so it is not a future thing we are really seeing that acceleration…”
Behind the Lens: Climate Refugees; CBS News (08-18-2017)
Kiribati residents’ “carbon footprints” are among the lowest in the world. These are not people who travel by air or drive gas-guzzling vehicles. They’re not the big carbon polluters but they’re the ones who’ll be among the first to have their lives disrupted by climate change through rising sea levels and extreme weather…