The Heat Is Online

Two Pacific Islands Disappear Under Rising Seas

Earthweek: A diary of the planet: The Boston Globe, June 21, 1999

Global warming is being blamed for the disappearance of two South Pacific islands and is wreaking havoc on two others, experts at the South Pacific Regional Environment Program reported.

The small unhabited islands of Tebua Tarawa and Abanuea recently disappeared due to rising sea levels caused by the greenhouse effect, researchers said.

Now they fear that the nearby islands of Kiribati and Tuvalu could disappear as well. Disaster planners have begun to relocate coastal residents to other higher and safer islands in the region.