Authorities have ordered evacuation and relocation plans for more than 2000 people who face losing their land and livelihood from the invading sea.
Some parts of the most vulnerable islands – Masig (Yorke), Poruma (Coconut), Warraber, Yam, Saibai and Boigu – are today less than 1m above sea level.
The Yorke Island church – more than 50m inland from the high-tide mark –was last year inundated while more than 60m of land on Coconut Island has been consumed since 2000.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
This is going to disappoint those denialists who make money mocking predictions of rising sea levels swallowing up low lying islands.