Monday, December 22, 2008

The Plight of the South Pacific Islands -- visit Kiribati with PBS

In the Poland climate change meeting just concluded, a top UN official predicted that by the middle of this century, the world should expect six million people a year to be displaced by increasingly severe storms and floods caused by climate change.

But as the PBS program NOW recounts:

for many island nations in the South Pacific, climate change is already more than just a theory -- it is a pressing, menacing reality. These small, low-lying islands are frighteningly vulnerable to rising temperatures and sea levels that could cause flooding and contaminate their fresh water wells. Within 50 years, some of them could be under water.  NOW travels to the nation of Kiribati to see up close how these changes affect residents' daily lives and how they are dealing with the reality that both their land and culture could disappear from the Earth. We also travel to New Zealand to visit an I-Kiribati community that has already left its home, and to the Pacific Island Forum in Niue to see how the rest of the region is coping with the here-and-now crisis of climate change.

To see the report, visit PBS NOW link

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/environmental_law/2008/12/the-plight-of-t.html

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Why do the Pacific Islanders not take up the mantra of "Geoengineering?" Such activity could save them as well as the rest of the world in the short term to give us the century or more needed to change the world's energy base. See the Scientific American article of November 2008
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=geoengineering-how-to-cool-earth
or what I consider a seminal paper from a legal oriented individual at
http://www.metatronics.net/lit/geo2.html
Direct discussion by anyone reading this appreciated.
Sol Shapiro [email protected]

Posted by: Sol Shapiro | Jan 12, 2009 8:46:18 AM

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