Aus helps Kiribati on climate change
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 1:11p.m.
Australia will give $18.5 million (A$15 million) to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati towards the cost of rebuilding a main road damaged by rising sea levels.
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr who is visiting Kiribati says fixing the road will ensure people can get to schools, health clinics and markets.
"Kiribati is at the front line of climate change," Senator Carr said in a statement on Monday, adding its highest point is now just three metres above sea level.
Without help in the fight against climate change, Kiribati could be uninhabitable by 2030.
Coastal erosion, rising sea levels and saltwater intrusion into drinking water are major concerns.
Senator Carr will join Kiribati President Anote Tong in presenting a statement to the UN Security Council calling for climate change action to reduce the risk of future conflicts over scarce resources.
They will record the message in a Kiribati village destroyed because of rising sea levels.
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12/02/2013 10:10:05 a.m.
This is rubbish, Gillard should be raising the pensions here first, So Ms Gillard next time you and your mob take a pay rise give it to us instead and then you and your mob donate part of your salaries instead and try to write that off in tax
11/02/2013 7:24:29 p.m.
What a load of rubbish. Kiribati is within a subduction zone. It is going under whether or not "the seas rise or fall" it's inevitable. All this BS about Global Warming caused by CO2 is just that, pure BS. Look at the records that go back - from ice core sampling - hundreds of thousands of years and, yes, we have had GW, and G/Cooling , all directly attributably to the effects of the SUN upon us. The proof is CO2 risers lags some 800 years AFTER the GW has occurred. Never BEFORE. AND all this was long befote SUV's and Al Gore.
11/02/2013 1:31:33 p.m.
Are the sea levels rising or is the island sinking? When were relative levels first recorded and what has been the change shown to be? Great that Aussies are helping the island people but a bit more fact would be useful.
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