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How nations are coping with rising seas

By: Laura Moss on July 11, 2011, 10:19 a.m.
Maldives floating island design

Photo: Waterstudio.NL and Docklands/Dutch Watervalley

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Floating islands

Man-made islands aren’t anything new, but the Maldives may be the first country to construct islands for the survival of climate change refugees. In January, the government signed an agreement with Dutch Docklands to develop five floating islands for $5 million. The star-shaped, tiered islands will feature beaches, golf courses and an environmentally friendly convention center — features the country hopes will help it maintain tourism revenue.