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Maldives President Considers Moving His Nation’s Population To Australia Because Of Rising Seas

By Amanda Peterson Beadle on January 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

"Maldives President Considers Moving His Nation’s Population To Australia Because Of Rising Seas"

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If the tiny archipelago of the Maldives disappears below rising sea levels caused by global warming, the nation’s president is warning Australia to prepare for a wave of climate refugees. President Mohamed Nasheed said his government is considering Australia, as well as Sri Lanka and India, as possible new homes if sea levels rise so high that the nation’s islands are no longer inhabitable. The country has a sovereign wealth fund to buy land overseas and finance the relocation of 350,000 people living in the Maldives. ”It is increasingly becoming difficult to sustain the islands, in the natural manner that these islands have been,” Nasheed told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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