Pacific islanders call for help

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    CAIRNS, Australia — A group of tiny Pacific Island countries appealed to the world Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent to help save them from rising seas.

    The seven nations, whose coral atolls rise just a few yards (meters) above sea level, urged rich nations to make the cut in their polluting emissions by 2020.

    "As you drive along the roads along the coast, you will see coconut trees in the water — that's an indication of the sea level rise" in Tuvalu, Prime Minister Edward Natapei told reporters Wednesday at the annual summit of South Pacific leaders. At least one village has been abandoned, he said.

    The seven countries, part of the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum, said in a statement they are worried about the "serious and growing threat posed by climate change to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being and security" of their populations.

    The Associated Press: Small Pacific islands call for big carbon cuts
     
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    They are about 50 years too late in making that request. Resettlement is all that they have left. There is about a 50 year lag between the present GHG levels and their full effects.
     
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    One tropical island village abandoned---omg---were Gilligan and the crew rescued ?
     

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