Small Islands Go Beneath The Waves At Alarming Rates

Caribbean & Oceania, New Zealand, Travel News — By John Curran on May 24, 2010 at 7:50 am

If you have ever heard an environmental activist tell you to save a particular species, you may have ignored it, figuring there are millions of creatures throughout the world. But what about islands?

The New Zealand Herald has chronicled the fates of several small islands as far away as the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Bengal. But the islands mentioned are small ones, and often not seen as much more than extensions of countries like the U.S. and Mexico to provide fishing rights.

However, in the Pacific there are several countries that could be a boon to travelers looking for a bit of solace in the warm sun, only they may not stay there for long. The island nation of Tuvalu is one that scientists argue could be submerged in the coming years, and Nauru is literally a shell of its former self.

While these nations are rarely the most populous, it is there that politicians see firsthand the impact of environmental policy made by more prosperous nations. Nauru used to be a mining hotbed for phosphate. The results cratered the island, whose 14,000 residents now have few other industries.

Considered an environmental early warning system, travelers who want to ensure that these small countries are still open to travel for future vacationers may want to find their nearest senator or even write to the United Nations. Rising water is leading to the potential for fewer vacation spots.

[Image: NASA]

Tags: global warming, Nauru, Pacific Islands, Tuvalu

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