"Australia has some 16 Pacific Island neighbours — some with a landmass a
millionth our size — who unanimously declare climate change the “single
greatest threat” to the region.
To quickly get a sense why: many of these nations are isolated and vulnerable,
spread across hundreds of atolls, often less than a metre above sea level, and
home to some of the most culturally rich, biodiverse ecosystems. For context,
the NSW city of Lismore is up to 50 times the size of some of them.
For decades they’ve been pleading for action — as across the Pacific, climate
change is not a hypothetical future event, it’s already happening, with
relocations and legal measures to protect sovereignty already underway.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns the window for
action is rapidly closing — here’s a record of what that looks like on the
frontlines, and what those that live there have been trying to tell us."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics