Kiribati's day are numbered

Dec 30, 2008 Full story: Marianas Variety

Kiribati may have less than 50 years before sea level rises force islanders to move else where, says Kiribati environmental officer Betarim Rimon.

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Sue

United States

#1 Apr 29, 2009
The way I look at it is Ice (frozen water that increases in volume by about 9%) witch is mostly under water is expanded water. So when all the ice melts the water level will go down and there will be more land. Coral islands continue to grow if theft undisturbed.
Global warming is a natural occurrence as the world’s climate stabilizes from the effects of the ice ages. We are trying to stop the effects caused by the ice age. Regardless what mankind does the earths atmosphere will return to a stabilized state.
So you ask then why is Kiribati sinking. Well it is not! And I ask why is it only on the islands with the most population were we see the most effects of the so called global warming.

The low-lying atolls of Kiribati, rising no higher than three meters above sea-level, makes the country very vulnerable to climate change yes but more so to urban pressure and over population causing groundwater depletion, marine-life and sea-water contamination from human and solid waste, over-fishing of the reefs and lagoons, coastal erosion from beach mining of the beaches to replace traditional homes with concert homes and buildings and sea walls. The country is also facing considerable socioeconomic difficulties due to the poor management of population growth. The money being spent on Kiribati and countries like it for global warming would be better off spent on birth control and education in urban development. Kiribati with an average population density of 115 per square kilometer and 2558 per square kilometer in south Tarawa should be taught that there is a limit to its countries growth. Kiribati is not a poor country. It may look poor but this is the way the government wants it. It is a country that lives on aid with money in the bank that they took from banaba. Kiribati is not sinking and has lots of land to relocate there people to. Kiribati needs to learn to take care of them selves. If you want to help educate them, and stop throwing money away.
Don Tebikau

Oviedo, FL

#3 May 17, 2009
50 years. is this a scientific fact and what proof can be said about it. As we had seen, Kiribati is experiencing water shortage not only to climaten change but also to the increase number of its people. Who can confidendently say that Kiribati will sink after 50 years. If no one answers that question , then I think that it must be a lie
With the current sea level rise, it will eventually be underwater but not in 50 years

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