Friday, November 6, 2015

Planning a winter getaway? 4 islands to visit before they disappear, thanks to climate change.

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It’s solid science that climate change is happening and that this is largely a man-made phenomenon.  The biggest sources of climate change gases are the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and agriculture (think N in fertilizers). 

We also know that one side-effect of climate change is sea level rise.  Many coastal cities, such as Miami FL and Norfolk VA, have begun planning for higher water levels and the subsequent flooding.  But did you know that entire islands will also disappear in the next 100 years?  Here are four islands that you might want to visit, while they’re still above water:

1.Tangier Island – an island in the Chesapeake Bay with about 500 residents.  (photo: Christian Storm:  Business Insider)

Tangier Island

2.Smith Island – another small island in the Chesapeake Bay.  Home of the famous 12-layer Smith Island cake!  (photo:

3.Maldives – a 1,000 km long archipelago in the Indian Ocean; home to over 300,000 people.

4.Kiribati – an island in the central Pacific which is home to over 100,000 people.  Plans are already being made to move these citizens in a program called “migration with dignity”  (photo:  Justin McManus, The Age)

Albert Ientau rebuilds his sea wall to protect his home in the village of Abarao on the island of Tarawa. Photo by Justin McManus, The Age

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