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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thirty seven Small Island States including Solomon Islands bothered by sinking under rising ocean

Delegates from 37 small island states warned on Monday that small islands, home to five percent of the world's population, could disappear under rising oceans as the earth warms.

Reuters reports Solomon Islands foreign minister Patteson Oti as having told a news conference small Island states have repeatedly raised the alarm bells of global warming over the last 15 years.

He said the Solomon Islands and members of the Alliance of Small Island States faced a future of more violent storms, depleted fish stocks, bleached coral reefs and even total destruction if the world fails to deal with climate change.

Mr Oti said climate change is only the symptom, but the disease is the world's unsustainable means of production, worsened by unsustainable patterns of consumption.

The alliance comprises 37 UN members and six observers from all the oceans and major seas.

The group is meeting on the sidelines of a U.N. conference on climate change to raise awareness and funds for island states' plight.

Source: SIBC

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