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Week of 12.12.08

Paradise Lost

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Just this week, a top UN official predicted that by the middle of this century, the world should expect six million people a year to be displaced by increasingly severe storms and floods caused by climate change. But for many island nations in the South Pacific, climate change is already more than just a theory—it is a pressing, menacing reality. These small, low-lying islands are frighteningly vulnerable to rising temperatures and sea levels that could cause flooding and contaminate their fresh water wells. Within 50 years, some of them could be under water.

This week, NOW travels to the nation of Kiribati to see up close how these changes affect residents' daily lives and how they are dealing with the reality that both their land and culture could disappear from the Earth. We also travel to New Zealand to visit an I-Kiribati community that has already left its home, and to the Pacific Island Forum in Niue to see how the rest of the region is coping with the here-and-now crisis of climate change.

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See how the island nation Niue is relying on techniques new and old to save itself.
Related Links

U.S. EPA: What You Can Do, identifies 25 steps to reducing your greenhouse gas emissions, and saving money.

Science Progress offers an interactive map on the human toll of climate change.

Climate Change in the News

AFP: US to return centre stage on climate change, Kerry tells UN talks

Associated Press: Scientists try to mitigate climate change effects

Bloomberg: Islanders Plead at Climate Talks to Be Saved From Rising Seas

National Geographic: Global Warming, a mini-site dedicated to the topic.

New York Times: Climate Change Reduction or 'Green Global Welfare'?

Paradise Lost

Video: Green Hawaii

Video: Washed Up?

Reporter's Notebook: Mona Iskander

Photo Essay: Islands of the South Pacific

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Update: Paradise Lost, Revisited

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