The Disappearing Country

Maldives

Photo by by Sakis Papadopoulos, from Disappearing world – in pictures

With 80% of the country less than one metre above sea level, the residents of the Maldives’ 1,200 tropical islands have long been aware of their ­vulnerability to rising sea levels. In 2008, it was announced that the government would start diverting a percentage of the nation’s income from tourism into a fund to buy a new homeland. The deep irony that the island nation’s economy relies heavily on tourists ­arriving in polluting aircraft has not been lost on the islanders.

(via newsflick)

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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