By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green
Not that going underwater is the only form of danger: climate change is finding vulnerabilities in countries from Mexico to Russia, droughts in already-arid countries will grow worse, and the number of climate refugees worldwide is growing steadily.
Rainforests are threatened, disease is exacerbated, and hardest hit are poor populations and women around the world.
But, it’s still probably fair to say that the greatest threat from climate change faces small island nations that could be washed underwater with just a slight rise in sea levels. Here’s a look at a few of those nations.
20 million people are expected to be displaced because of rising seas caused by climate change.
Papua New Guinea
TreeHugger wrote last May: “The Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea have become the world’s first entire community to be displaced by climate change.” Papua New Guinea shares an island with Indonesia, another nation threatened by climate change.