Five Pacific islands lost to rising sea levels


At least five reef islands in the Solomon Islands have been completely lost to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, and a further six islands have been severely eroded.

The lost islands range in size from one to five hectares and supported dense tropical vegetation that was at least 300 years old.

Nuatambu Island is home to about 25 families and has lost more than half of its habitable area, with 11 homes being washed into the sea since 2011.

The scientific results have been published in Environmental Research Letters and confirm the numerous accounts from across the Pacific of the severe impacts of climate change on island communities.

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