Freak Tidal Surges Cause Havoc in Pacific Islands
A low-pressure system, coinciding with high tides, generated nine- to ten-foot waves and tidal surges that swept over atolls in the Republic of the
Meanwhile, extensive damage was reported throughout a wide region of coastal
Andrew Yatilman, Director of Environment and Emergency Services for the Federated States of Micronesia Government and head of FSM’s delegation to the climate negotiations, referred to the irony that such tragic events are taking place in the islands even as negotiators struggle to find breakthroughs that might lead to agreement over effective climate controls at next year’s negotiations in
“For nineteen years,” he said, “the island countries have been calling attention to the increasing effects of climate change while both developed and developing countries have argued endlessly but have not really taken responsibility for the problem. Now that the rising oceans are literally washing over our islands as glaciers and ice caps melt all over the world, the events we are experiencing make us feel that tipping points must be drawing near. It is time to move beyond talk and to implement effective fast-action measures while we still can.”
During the two-week UNFCCC negotiations in Poznan,
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SOURCE Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development