According to an Australian study @ least five Pacific Solomon islands have disappeared over recent decades due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

A further six of the Solomon reef islands have been severely eroded in the remote area of the Pacific. About 10 houses have been swept away into the sea between 2011-2014. Also villages have been destroyed that have existed since 1935.

Five of those islands that have vanished were all vegetated reef islands occasionally used by fishermen, but not populated. It is feared that the rise in sea levels will cause widespread erosion and inundation of low-lying atols in the Pacific.

This provides a bit of insight into the future. Taro, the capital of Choiseul Province is set to become the first provincial capital globally to relocate residents and services due to the threat of sea-level rise.

AFP / Crickey Conservation Society.


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