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Rising Seas, Violent Storms Create First Climate Change Refugees

Climate-change deniers may want to talk to citizens of the island nation of Tuvalu — if they can find them.

Like other islanders living in the Oceania region of the Pacific Ocean, the people of Tuvalu are increasingly being displaced by severe weather. To them, climate change is not about congressional hearings and disagreements between the vast number of scientists on one side and a much smaller (often oil industry funded) group on the other.

For Tuvaluans and other Pacific islanders like them, climate change is an issue of survival. They truly live on the front lines of this existential battle.

Stefan Lins

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