- President of the sinking state Kiribati urged people for resettlement
President of the Republic of Kiribati called for citizens to prepare for the general resettlement, according to Agence France-Presse.
Kiribati’s President Anote Tong (Anote Tong) is convinced that the government should plan for resettlement of citizens as due to global warming, ocean levels will rise enough to flood the republic. He did not identify specific sites of resettlement. At this time, the population of the former British colony is about one hundred thousand people.
The territory of Kiribati consists mostly of coral atolls. Most of the archipelago lies just a few meters above sea level. According to Tong, in some places on the island are so thin that “you throw a rock and actually breaks right through the island.” In 2009, climatologists predict that by the end of the XXI century, ocean levels will rise by 1.1 meters and in this case of Kiribati (as well as many other countries of Oceania) will disappear within the next 50 years.
Tong spoke about the environmental situation in their country at a conference on climate change, held in the capital of Kiribati, South Tarawa. On it, except the representatives of the water leaving the States, attended by delegates from China, Japan and the USA.
According to Tong, a visit to Kiribati will allow representatives of countries with high greenhouse gas emissions see the effects of climate change.
Kiribati National Council of Churches stated that the international community has an obligation to take care of those forced to flee their homes due to climate change.
The meeting was held in Tarawa in advance of the climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, to be held under the mediation of the UN in the period from November 29 to December 10. It delegates to discuss an agreement on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. This agreement is expected to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in December 2012.
Negotiations on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases in Copenhagen, held in 2009, ended in failure.
- Kiribati leader mulls resettling population if seas rise. (terradaily.com)
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