Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Tiny Pacific islands say climate change threatens survival

by Staff Writers
Nuku'Alofa (AFP) Oct 15, 2007
Some of the world's most vulnerable island nations appealed Monday for action to halt climate change that could cause them to disappear beneath the Pacific Ocean.

Meeting in the Tongan capital, Nuku'alofa, the leaders of tiny nations including Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, Niue, the Cook Islands and the Marshall Islands said countries responsible for greenhouse gas emissions must act.

"It is very, very serious because if we don't do something now, we are gone. That's for sure," said the Premier of Niue, Young Vivian. "There's no two ways about it and we are scared."

The highest points on some of the atoll nations are often only a few metres above sea level.

They are already suffering severe damage from high tides and fresh water supplies are becoming contaminated by salt water.

There are fears they may eventually have to be evacuated and their residents settled elsewhere.

"The problem is huge and the voice of the Pacific Islands has been yelling for the past 15 or 20 years and nobody is listening," Vivian said.

He said there was little the island countries could do.

"I think if big countries can't make other big countries behave, what power have we got?"

The small island nations were meeting ahead of the opening on Tuesday of the annual leaders' summit of the Pacific Islands Forum, which groups Australia, New Zealand and 14 Pacific island nations.

Pacific island political leaders were at the United Nations General Assembly earlier this month to appeal for action on climate change and the threat of rising seas caused by melting polar ice.

Vanuatu's Foreign Minister George Andre Wells said a rapid reduction in gas emissions needed to occur within the next 10 to 15 years.

Rising sea levels would have a critical impact on agriculture, water quality and infrastructure development, he said.

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Climate Science News - Modeling, Mitigation Adaptation

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Gore Nobel win shows up Bush: US press
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2007
US newspapers Saturday hailed Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against climate change, saying it showed up failings of President George W. Bush in the seven years since he beat Gore to the White House.

  • Vietnam villagers face hunger amid floods
  • 3,000 evacuated after China landslide blocks river
  • ORNL Resilience Plan To Help Tennessee, Mississippi And South Carolina Communities Beat Disaster
  • Running Shipwreck Simulations Backwards Helps Identify Dangerous Waves

  • Tiny Pacific islands say climate change threatens survival
  • Asking The Wrong Questions On Global Warming
  • Heaps Of Climate Gas - Pasturing Cows Convert Soil To A Source Of Methane
  • Australian drought pushes up price of beer

  • Successful Image Taking By The High Definition Television
  • Boeing Launches WorldView-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite
  • New Faraway Sensors Warn Of Emerging Hurricane's Strength
  • Key Sensor For Northrop Grumman NPOESS Program Passes Critical Structural Test

  • Increase In Ethanol Production From Corn Could Significantly Impact Water Quality
  • Brazil's leader calls on Africa to embrace biofuels production
  • China's economic growth exacting too high a toll: Hu
  • Analysis: E. Europe offers transit routes

  • China denies cover-up of pig disease
  • China confirms bird flu outbreak: HK official
  • Northern Iraq battles cholera 'epidemic'
  • Expert says climate change will spread global disease

  • UD Plant Biologists Uncover Top Wetland Invader's Hidden Weapon
  • Gray Wolves, Grizzly Bears And Bald Eagles - Do They Still Need Protection
  • Life's Hot Spot
  • Which Came First, The Chicken Genome Or The Egg Genome

  • Fantastic Plastic Could Cut CO2 Emissions And Purify Water
  • Pollution 'matter of life or death': HK leader
  • NAS Report Offers New Tools To Assess Health Risks From Chemicals
  • US settles record environmental suit against power firm

  • Greenhouse gas and war: How they are related
  • Researchers Develop Adaptive Technology For Visually Impaired Engineers
  • Harvard Scientists Predict The Future Of The Past Tense
  • The Difference Between Fish And Humans: Scientists Answer Century-Old Developmental Question

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement