As we seem to be starting a new, shorter, form of post to guarantee that someone keeps writing in this blog, I decided to follow James' example. Here I just liked to mention a short article I read at Harvard's university website. The president of Kiribati, a south Pacific island nation has given recently a lecture at Harvard where he has presented his plan preparing his country for the eventuality (or should we call it certainty) of extinction. Apparently, with the sea-levels planned to raise by 1 meter in the next century due to climate change, the islands are starting to run out of space, and to eventually leave the islands for good seems to be the only option. However, the president seems to want to avoid creating what he describes as 'environmental refugees', a new word that we will perhaps become more and more familiar with in the future, as climate change starts having 'real' consequences that we cannot pretend to ignore anymore.
Read the short article here: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2008/09.25/13-kiribati.html