A Rising Sea Submerges River Delta Islands

<p>Rising sea levels devastates a community that is least prepared to deal with the devastating impacts of climate change.</p>
April 17, 2007, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"there is little doubt, scientists say, that human-induced climate change has made [the Sunderbans] particularly vulnerable...A recent study...found that in the last 30 years, nearly 31 square miles of the Sundarbans have vanished entirely...It hardly seems to matter that [the residents of these river delta islands] - farmers and fishermen - are far too poor to produce much in the way of carbon emissions. They feel the assault already...Even as India prospers, the Sundarbans have been left with little to no protection, and certainly none of the measures that wealthy low-lying countries like the Netherlands have undertaken to deal with the ravages of the sea."

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Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 in The New York Times
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