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The sea is eating all the sand

"The sea is eating all the sand. Before, the sand used to stretch out far, and when we swam we could see the sea floor, and the coral. Now, it is cloudy all the time, and the coral is dead. Tuvalu is sinking."- Leitu Frank

“Tuvalu is sinking” is the local catch-all phrase for the effects of climate change on this tiny island archipelago on the frontline of global warming. A Polynesian country situated in Oceania, Tuvalu is no more than a speck in the Pacific ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia.

The fourth smallest nation in the world, Tuvalu is home to just 11,000 people, most of whom live on the largest island of Fongafale, where they are packed in and fighting for space. Tuvalu’s total land area accounts for less than 26 sq km.

Already, two of Tuvalu’s nine islands are on the verge of going under, the government says, swallowed by sea-rise and coastal erosion. Most of the islands sit barely three metres above sea level, and at its narrowest point, Fongafale stretches just 20m across. Tuvalu’s government says the sea level near the country has risen about 5mm a year since 1993, pointing out that this is ‘larger than the global average’. Other challenges facing the country include drought, ocean acidification and management of its waste.

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Story Information:

Country: Tuvalu

Topic: Sea Level Rise

Text Credit: Leitu Frank

Date : 11 September 2023

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