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Australia offers Tuvalu escape from rising seas

By Ninian Carter

November 10, 2023 - Australia has offered the island nation of Tuvalu a lifeline to help residents escape rising seas and increasing storms brought about by climate change.

Australia is offering residents of the island nation of Tuvalu a lifeline to help them escape from rising seas and increased storms brought about by climate change.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has introduced an initial plan to allow up to 280 Tuvaluans to migrate to Australia each year.

With a population of 11,000 inhabitants, Tuvalu, and its low-lying atolls, is particularly vulnerable to global warming.

In June 2023, NASA’s Sea Level Change Team said that much of Tuvalu’s land and critical infrastructure would sit below the level of the current high tide by 2050, and that by the end of the century, Tuvalu would experience more than 100 days of flooding per year.

If all Tuvaluans decide to take up Australia’s offer, and if the cap remains unchanged, it will take 40 years for Tuvalu’s entire population to relocate to Australia.

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PUBLISHED: 11/11/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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