Journey to the Sinking Lands

A witness to the world's first evacuation of an entire people due to climate change

Pacific Rising

Oxfam email to say they have released a new report,  The Future is Here, on rising seas and climate change in the Pacific. It contains a lot that reminds me of the Carterets, like photos of people building sea walls from lumps of coral as defence against king tides (they don’t work). The people, the houses, the lines of sea and sand, all look familiar.

It talks a lot of sense too – includding something I haven’t seen before. Oxfam reckon the cost of emissions reductions and equipping those countries feelign the brunt to cope with climate change to be AUD $187 billion each year.  On the basis that the polluter pays, they work out Australia’s fair share to be $4.3 billion a year. New Zealand gets off lightly – only asked to pony up NZ $79n million . To be honest, I reckon those numbers must be pretty rubbery but even if they are in the right ballpark…it doesn’t sound like much.


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