News Roundup: Kiribati to fight rising sea levels

Ever hear of Kiribati?

Maybe not. The Pacific Island country is not at the forefront of world affairs. But, it’s worthy of attention because it’s at the forefront when it comes to the effects of climate change.

Scientists say the islands could be uninhabitable within decades due to rising sea levels. This could meat that the entire population of Kiribati, and many other island nations, will have to seek refuge in other countries. If the refugee crises from the Middle East and North Africa have shown, developed nations are either not ready to deal with or are utterly hostile to accepting refugees.

But, Kiribati’s president isn’t planning for the country to be swallowed up by the waves without a fight.

Here’s your Monday news roundup:

  1. Fighting the waves: Kiribati’s government’s 20-year plan is to build up the country and develop “a resilient and updated capacity.” The nation’s 20-year plan “has an ambitious aim to transform Kiribati into the Dubai or Singapore of the Pacific.”
  2. Building plants: Plants thrive on carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, there is too much carbon dioxide for the plants to transform in to Oxygen. But on Friday, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego launched a new initiative to improve on the ability of plants to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it deep in the soil. They call it “Harnessing Plants.”
  3. Preparing for disaster: While many places face surging floods and higher sea levels, California is facing fire caused by climate change. The state is looking at updating its infrastructure to be prepared for climate change disasters.
  4. Frozen history: Russian scientists have found the headless skeleton of an almost perfectly preserved sea cow beneath a beach in Siberia. The animals used to be plentiful, but were extinct within 27 years of their discovery by humans.
  5. Rising hazard: Iceland’s Öræfajökull volcano has been showing increased signs of activity, with a new half-mile caldera forming just last week, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office. This comes on top of elevated seismic activity in the area in recent months.

See you tomorrow.

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