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Climate change forces migration from Pacific islands

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Stronger storms, rising sea levels and beach erosion are altering life for Pacific Island communities, driving native residents to leave home for the United States, according to a new story by Scientific American and ClimateWire.

“There’s an exodus underway from Pacific Island nations to America, one driven by multiple factors, according to island leaders and migrants. People relocating to Hawaii and other states say they’ve come for better jobs and health care. But there’s also a less recognized but unmistakable contributor, Deeley explained: climate change.”

Read the entire story at Scientific American.


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