Global warming has really done it this time. We seem to be losing more and more of our beautiful islands each year. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA, the sea level has risen by over 20cm since 1870.
My dear friend Angela has already talked about potential cities disappearing, what about our islands? No more strolling along warm, sandy beaches or watching the horizon dip into water. This sounds terrible, but it gets even worse.
There are large numbers of people living on these islands and a new Atlantis means these people are forced to find new homes. To give a simplified view, here are all the islands and the number of people who are going to have to relocate these coming few decades!
Now that we've seen the numbers, why not take a closer look at the islands? Some of these islands like the Maldives are star beach destinations people love to go to. Perhaps its time to take a quick vacation before your favourite islands go down under.
According to president Anote Tong of Kiribati, "the tides have already reached our homes and villages". Already, more than half of Kiribati's population have relocated to Tarawa. It doesn't seem like Kiribati is going to survive the waves much longer.
The Maldives is the lowest nation on the planet. All 1100 islands are at an average of 1.3m above sea level! If it rises even slightly over a metre, inhabitants will be forced to leave. Not a happy story here either.
The hotel porters and maids have much to worry about! It has been predicted that in just a few years time, the water will rise so high, it will be sloshing about within the hotel itself. Seychelles is a beautiful island, famous for its coral reefs. Definitely a place to go to before it goes down under!