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No Place to Run: Pacific Islanders 'Trapped' in Path of Rising Seas


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No Place to Run: Pacific Islanders 'Trapped' in Path of Rising Seas

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

The rising seas pose an existential threat to the Pacific Islands, and with them, the irreplaceable cultures and societies they house.

Now, a new report unrolled Wednesday by the United Nations University and European Union reveals that—among those in Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Nauru willing to consider migration if climate change makes their homes unlivable—the vast majority do not possess the money required to relocate.

In other words, many are trapped in the direct path of climate destruction.


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Republican: Who cares? Don't they have these nifty pirogues anymore?


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If Our Island Drowns

in the miasma of the inky dark,
the still spreading light
writhing in the greatest sea,

where will my feet fit?
how can I sing the hisses of sand?
how many shining eyes

will spill from the glass
of the houses of the sky?
When will the moon

become the only sound
as the great rocking boat
of the arm of the sea's rise

makes my lover
float away from our bed?
I am prepared to lose many things

but no wars like this have come here before
poisoned our fish
and spread the diseases of loss

and hunger
under the front door
and through the little pathways of town.

We were unprepared for this dream
and even when we were coerced
into some alien god’s tongue

we thought the seas would cradle us.
I am not sure where I can move
the land is brittle and cannot hold,

the mangroves were lost
as the bombs rusted in the bays.
Bring me some of what you call honey

I have run out of sweet
and what there is left to drink scours
the bitter flood over my face.


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Why on earth do threats have to be "existential" They are either threats or not threats. Or they can be existing threats. AAAAAGH!