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6 island nations threatened by climate change

Oct. 7, 2012, 5 p.m.
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Republic of Fiji

The people of Kiribati may want to rethink their plans to relocate to Fiji, as this 7,056-square-mile island nation in the South Pacific is pondering its own ways to face the challenges of climate change. While its larger islands contain mountains as high as 4,000 feet above sea level, Fiji is still concerned about the effects of climate change. As the World Health Organization reports, climate change is expected to influence extremes of too little and too much water in the form of severe storms and droughts. Further, such extreme weather is expected to make the island’s population of 851,745 more sensitive to climate-sensitive diseases, such as water-borne illnesses.