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8 Countries At Risk of Drowning

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8 Countries At Risk of Drowning

By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green

We’ve all heard about the possibility that the Maldives could go underwater because of rising seas caused by climate change. But there are other nations facing the same risk.

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.

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4:08AM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

I hope the animals are taken care of.

3:38AM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

unbelievably true :(

1:51AM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

Good info, but sad.

6:52AM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

Having visited 3 of the places mentioned I was surprised too (as said by someone else here) to see Egypt on the list. The whole issue is very worrying.

11:23PM PDT on Sep 19, 2010

so sad..

1:18PM PDT on Aug 31, 2010

thanx for the article....if the arctic melts I think my country may get flooded tooo...Canada. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

4:30AM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

well portugal is almost surrounded by the sea - maybe we are next...

this is sad, really sad to think we are the only responsibles for whats happening.

9:09AM PDT on Aug 22, 2010

So sad.

I'm surprised at all the worrying over the animal & plant life - I'm more freaked out over the humans!

8:31PM PDT on Aug 20, 2010

This story is quite disturbing. Any loss of land like this guarnatees starvations for many. I was interested to find Egypt on the list, but then I remembered that the Nile no longer brings enriching silt down to the Delta area, which is being washed away not only because of rising seas, but by the loss of eroded land which is not being renewed annually by what used to be called "the Inundation." Humanity is somewhat short sighted. Sigh. I will not, however, be sorry to bid adieu to Diego Garcia, which the USA has dedicated to war and rendition. I had hoped that base was scrubbed away by the tsunami, but the sad fact is that it seems to have survived, unlike annumber of innocent, hard-working communities who contributed to the benefit of the world. Sigh. The innocent seem to perish in far greater numbers than the guilty.

4:19PM PDT on Aug 19, 2010

So very sad...Interesting thought provoking article. Thank you very much for sharing. x

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