To take your ideas to Policymakers, Join the Campaign of #PolicyPulse Write to feedback@policypulse.com

Five Pacific islands submerged due to rising sea level

This is the first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 10 2016 3:58PM | Updated Date: May 10 2016 3:58PM

Five Pacific islands submerged due to rising sea level

As climate change hits, five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared completely. All the five islands are eroded with water and washed away as the sea level near Soloman Islands increased. 

 

Sea levels is set to rise far more rapidly than expected and this discovery thought to be the first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change, according to the Australian researchers.

 

The submerged islands were part of the Solomon Islands which over the last two decades has seen annual sea levels rise as much as 10mm (0.4in), according to the research published in the May issue of the online scientific journal - Environmental Research Letters.

 

The missing islands cover the area of 2.5 acres to 12.4 acres and were not inhabited by humans. However the sixth one Nuatambu Island that is partially submerged was a home of 25 families out of which 11 houses are completely destroyed.

 

Many of the Solomon Islands are low-lying and prone to flooding from rising seas. Scientists are using aerial images dating back to 1947 to present for comparing the loss.