Climate Change & Kiribati

A big benefit of being in Asia is lot you learn a lot about Asian geography and learn to better understand the advantages/disadvantages of certain climate zones, locations, etc. But this nugget is quite sad:

In 2008, officials of Kiribati, a small island nation in the Pacific, asked Australia and New Zealand to accept its citizens as permanent refugees. Why? Kiribati is expected to be the first country that disappears due to global climate change. Said Kiribati president Anote Tong, the country has reached “the point of no return.” He continued, “To plan for the day when you no longer have a country is indeed painful but I think we have to do that.”

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