Islands fight to stay above water amid climate change

Sep 27, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: USA Today

Not for residents of small, low-lying islands in the Pacific. Global warming has arrived, and it's turned their nations - Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati and others - into slowly sinking ships.

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The Association of Small Island States is making a united effort to get big carbon emitters, including emerging economies like those of India, China and Brazil, to begin reducing emissions before 2020.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to announce soon that coastal cities will drown by 2100, absent serious reductions in carbon emissions. The United States will likely see its first climate refugees well before that — perhaps as soon as 2017, when the native communities in Alaska lose their homes to the sea.
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It is a FACT that none of the places reported in this story have experienced catastrophic sea level rise.
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"Islands fight to stay above water amid climate change"
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Milan, Minn. is growing. The tiny town in the western part of the state has seen a reversal of population decline thanks to more than 150 new residents. My former MPR colleague Amber Espinoza documented this trend a few years ago. Families from the South Pacific nation of Micronesia now call Milan home. In the 2000 Census, Milan’s population was 250 and shrinking. Now the popoulation has rebounded to more than 350.

Rising ocean levels coupled with a stagnant economy motivated Michael Elias and many others to move. Why Milan?

The connection comes from a Milan resident who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, stayed in touch, and told them they’d find jobs and good schools if they moved. Micronesia has a Compact of Free Association treaty with the United States so while the islanders aren’t U. S. citizens they can come and go as they like.

I visited Milan to hear how things are going as part of MPR’s new E book,“Fighting For An American Countryside.” You can hear my Minnesota Sounds and Voices report this afternoon on All Things Considered.

The decades’ long rural population decline in this country continues including the area around Milan. However there has been a small but measurable increase in people in their 30s and 40s. When asked in a survey the new residents say they like the slower pace, open space, safety and good schools.

As in many rural communities, lots of people in Milan cobble together a living with many part time jobs. The picture that emerges from numbers supplied by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows part time work accounted for 38 percent of the job openings listed last year in the region that includes Milan.[MPRnews]
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There needs to be a united effort to contribute to reduce carbon emission rates. It's going to be difficult for the largest countries because they are combatting agendas in migration, infrastructure and economy but there contribution is the most important since if small island states go under there is only one place to go, and that is to larger continents. There is no way smaller island states would be willing to start over again in other small islands.
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Cut n paste wrote:
It is a FACT that none of the places reported in this story have experienced catastrophic sea level rise.
What would you like to see? People and other life floating?

You offend our planet and its inhabitants. Get off the planet!
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Cut n paste wrote:
"Islands fight to stay above water amid climate change"
Get off the planet, offender.
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Islands in Norfolk?

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
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chanson reforme wrote:
There needs to be a united effort to contribute to reduce carbon emission rates.
Sea level and CO2 are not directly related except in the fantasies of climate scientists.
And, actually, Tony Abbott is right... More CO2 is a good thing.
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B as in B S as in S wrote:
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Sea level and CO2 are not directly related except in the fantasies of climate scientists.
And, actually, Tony Abbott is right... More CO2 is a good thing.
So you claim the planet's scientists are wrong, nuts.

Enjoy more CO2 in your closed garage with your car{s} running, denier. Report to us ..
dont drink the koolaid

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SpaceBlues wrote:
<quoted text>So you claim the planet's scientists are wrong, nuts.
Enjoy more CO2 in your closed garage with your car{s} running, denier. Report to us ..
My guess is that you were born in TN.

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