Players from the Pacific islands are performing a prominent role in the intense battles at present going on at the rugby world cup in Japan. Away from the rough and tumble on the pitch, the players are facing an even bigger challenge back home as their island nations come under increasing threat from climate change, in particular from ever-rising sea levels. A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of the catastrophic effect rising sea levels – mainly caused by the melting of ice at the poles – will have on billions of people living in coastal areas and in island states around the world. In the low-lying island nations of the Pacific, climate change is already having an impact. Coastal communities are frequently inundated by rising seas. Salty seawater poisons precious supplies of fresh water. Crops are lost and homes damaged. Warming seas are killing off coral reefs, a key source of fish and an industry on which many islanders depend for their living.
Climate News Network 1st Oct 2019 read more »
An enormous slice of ice, weighing around 315bn tons has snapped off Antarctica and is floating in the Southern Ocean. The iceberg is 1,582 sq km (610 square miles) and is 210 metres thick – roughly five times the size of Malta. Its colossal size means it will have to be monitored due to the risk it could pose to shipping. Scientists had long known a large calving event was coming and the area of the Amery Ice Shelf had been under surveillance for several years.
Independent 1st Oct 2019 read more »