Rising Seas Imperil Pacific Island Nations

Tuvalu and Kiribati most endangered by rising sea levels.

Published: 09-Nov-2000

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - This month's global conference on climate change in the Netherlands could be too little too late for tiny Pacific islands and coral atolls at risk from rising sea levels.

Environment ministers and other delegates from 180 countries will meet in the Hague for two weeks starting on Monday to decide on how to ensure that a three-year-old treaty on reducing greenhouse gas emissions is implemented.

Scientists say emission of those gases is responsible for global warming, which a report commissioned by the environmental group Greenpeace last month said may devastate the economies of several small South Pacific nations over the next 20 years.

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