Low-lying island nations to face rising seas, migration hurdles

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  • 2015•12•02     Paris     DPA International

    People living in small island nations set to be submerged under rising seas will face legal problems as they attempt to migrate to dry land, United Nations climate experts said Wednesday.

    Ice melt caused by a warming atmosphere is making sea levels rise, which will cause problems globally – but perhaps nowhere more acutely than the low-lying islands of Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru in the South Pacific Ocean.

    A survey conducted by the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security, presented at a global climate summit in Paris, showed that people in all three countries – whose combined population is 124,000 – have already started migrating in search of dry land.

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