12 Mar '12, 2pm

Climate change threatens Seychelles habitat

Climate change threatens Seychelles habitat

Bursts of torrential rain lash the idyllic white beaches of the Seychelles, where conservationists fear that rare species such as the giant tortoise are at severe risk from climate change. As changing season patterns bring harsher storms and much longer dry spells, international organizations are helping fight climate change in the tiny nation, the only one in the world where 50 percent of the land is a nature reserve. "The seasons are merging, there's more rain but in short bursts, with long dry periods. Drinking water dries up and the climate plays havoc with breeding and feeding patterns," said Seychelles climate change expert Rolph Payet . Recognizing the risks, the United Nations Development Program and Global Environment Facility have approved $8.7 million this year for climate change adaptation projects in the Indian Ocean archipelago. While part of the funds will g...

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