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10 innovative ideas that let us live on water

By: Laura Moss on April 29, 2011, 1:15 p.m.
Maldives floating city design

Photo: Waterstudio.NL and Docklands/Dutch Watervalley

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Maldives floating islands

Not one of the 1,200 islands that make up the Maldives is more than 6 feet above sea level, and the island nation is doing everything it can to cope with rising oceans. The country has gone carbon neutral, it’s built retaining walls around every island, and in January the Maldives government signed an agreement with Dutch Docklands to develop five floating islands. The star-shaped, tiered islands will feature beaches, golf courses and an environmentally friendly convention center, and indoor areas will be nestled under green-roof terraces. The project will cost more than $5 million to complete, but it’s a small price to pay when your entire nation is expected to be underwater one day.