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What’s the deal with Tuvalu?

As mentioned in other posts, negotiations were suspended today when the island nation of Tuvalu asked for serious and binding committments from developed nations to help stem the tide (both figuratively and literally) of damage wreaked by climate change.   A protest ensued by supporters of Tuvalu outside the plenary room with hundreds of people lining the hallway and spilling into the main Great Room of the conference center.  Here is one picture I got.  For further info. on Tuvalu and what the nation faces, read the post from Wikipedia here ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvalu): “At its highest, Tuvalu is only 4.5 m above sea level, and could be one of the first nations to experience the effects of sea level rise caused by climate change. Not only could parts of the island be flooded, the rising saltwater table could destroy deep rooted food crops such as coconut and taro.

In 1978, a tide gauge was installed at Funafuti by the University of Hawaii. It has measured a sea rise of 1.2 mm per year over 23 years—a figure consistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) global mean estimate of 1 to 2 mm per year over the twentieth century.[21] The 40 cm rise in sea level predicted by the IPCC by the end of the twenty-first century (not including potential increases in sea level rise from dynamic ice sheet behaviour) could have significant effects for Tuvalu.[22]

This concern is compounded by the effects of subsidence—both as the islands naturally sink into the sea, and as non-natural land use (such as farming) causes compaction.[citation needed]

Tuvalu’s local community governance, called the Falekaupule, responds to the climate change problem with the combined efforts of several local outlying bodies. The main office, aptly named the Department of Environment, is responsible for coordinating the Non-Governmental Organizations, Religious Bodies, and Stakeholders. Each of the named groups are responsible for implementing Tuvalu’s National Adaptation Programme of Action, the main plan to adapt to the adverse affects of human use and climate change.[23]

The state of Tuvalu has said it wants all its energy to come from renewable sources by 2020″

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One Comment

  1. Derek
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Nice post and pictures you guys have going! Keep up the excellent reporting… feed us more info! Be sure to get a pic with Al Gore, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong Il 😉


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