Life-threatening Sea Level Rise in Kiribati
TARAWA, KIRIBATI - 2015/09/29: It's getting really bad, says villager Beia Tiim. The extreme high tide used to come every three or four years - now it comes every three months. Most wells are under salt water and feces have been washed into houses. I'm afraid for my children and the whole Kiribati future. The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea level rise. Each year, the sea level rises by about half an inch. Though this may not sound like much, it is a big deal considering the islands are only a few feet above sea level, which puts them at risk of flooding and sea swells. It is well agreeable that the people of Kiribati account for little to nothing in terms of green house emissions but are forced to face the direct consequences of global warming. And with an average age of 22, Kiribati's future generations are at risk of potentially lethal sea level rise. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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