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Coal Plant Threatens World's Largest Mangrove Forest - and Bangladesh's Future

On the opening day of the United Nations climate summit in Paris, as a seemingly never-ending array of world leaders lined up to strike the right positive mood music ahead of two weeks of intense negotiating, it was President Anote Tong of Kiribati who spoke for Bangladesh, not the country's own absent premier Sheikh Hasina.

In his address, the leader of the small central Pacific island thanked Fiji for agreeing to take in Kiribati's population of just over 100,000 people in the event that climate change runs what increasingly seems to be its inevitable course.

Yes, that's the ever-encroaching grim scenario whereby sea levels will rise to the point where the most vulnerable low lying island states, such as his own, become uninhabitable.

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