Western Pacific Islands Sinking Ever Faster Beneath the Rising Seas

Nahlapenlohd Island And Dozens More Are Gone For Good As The Rate of Upsurging Seas Accelerates

A new report published in this year’s Journal of Coastal Conservation confirms that the island chains of Micronesia and the Solomon Islands are rapidly disappearing.  U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) reported in September 2017 that global sea level has risen about 3 inches since 1990. A similar study from the University of Queensland was published in 2016.

While the rate of increase for swelling seas is rapidly increasing around the planet, the speed of change in the Western Pacific is two to three times the average. Sea level has risen by 10 to 12 mm (0.39 to 0.47 of an inch) annually 1993 and 2012. The rate is faster in this part of the globe because of prevailing trade winds, but there is no place on the planet that is not experiencing rising waters

While melting land ice at the poles adds new water to the oceans that was never in the ocean before, the water in the seas is also expanding its volume due to rapidly warming. According to all three reports, the rate of change is increasing.

The Kepidau en Pehleng, Nahlap, Laiap, Nahtik, and Ros island chains disappeared between 2007 and 2014. Kiribati and the Marshall Islands are also threatened as incursions compromise farms and drinking water supplies.

Some islanders are planning to emigrate and some island governments have even purchased acreage in other island nations. But each year, the good possibilities are diminished. For several years already, islanders have been abandoning their homes on the Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea and moving to the larger Bougainville Island.

They will not be the only climate refugees.

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