Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The first climate change refugees

Rising seas have forced 100 people in Lateu, Tegua, a Pacific island, to move to higher ground.

It could be the first example of a village formally displaced because of modern global warming, a UNEP report said on Monday.

With coconut palms on the coast already in water, inhabitants started dismantling their wooden homes in August and moved about 600 yards (meters) inland.

Many other coastal communities are vulnerable to rising seas, such as New Orleans, Venice.

We care about these. But who cares about a bunch of Pacific islanders?

Blair has taken leadership on climate change.

It's always a good tactic that if you want little to happen about something, you take charge of it. Then you can block any really good ideas.

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