“Before We Drown We May Die Of Thirst”

The collection of atolls in the central Pacific Ocean that make up the Republic of Kiribati  is perched just an average of 2 meters above sea level and is considered uniquely vulnerable to climate change.

In an article in Nature titled “Before we drown we may die of thirst,” Kenneth R. Weiss shares Kiribati President Anote Tong’s response to those who suggest that the atolls are resilient enough to cope with rising seas: “…they have the luxury of ‘talking from the top of a mountain’ and not putting their lives on the line. These people are not living here. Their grandchildren will not be living here … I'd rather plan for the worst and hope for the best.”


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