18 Oct '11, 6pm

Entire Island Nation Runs Out of Water

Water-strapped Tuvalu. Photo credit: mrlns via Flickr/CC BY Climate change largely to blame It's a particularly bad time to live in a low-lying island nation. With global warming continuing unmitigated, rising sea levels and increasingly violent storms aren't just dangerous. They're existential threats. Island nations like Tuvalu and Maldives have become famous in recent years for their impassioned pleas for action on climate change. And the mental image these nations' plights are capable of conjuring -- entire countries disappearing beneath the sea like Atlantis -- make those pleas exceptionally persuasive. But the truth is that climate change could render these nations inhospitable long before they're swallowed by the waves -- rising sea levels might overrun their groundwater stores with saline, and run them out of fresh water first. This is exactly what's happening righ...

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