Located halfway between Hawaii and Australia, the Marshall Islands (population 70,000+) are already being negatively impacted by sea level rise.
Most of the islands that make up the island nation are less than six feet above sea level. Islanders are regularly experiencing monthly tidal flooding that residents envision will make the country “unfit for human habitation within the coming decades.”
Global sea levels are rising and the world’s land ice is disappearing. Sea levels have risen 6 to 8 inches in the past 100 years.
Antarctica has been losing more than 100 cubic kilometers of ice per year since 2002, according to NASA satellite data. By the year 2100, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that sea levels will rise as much as 20 inches.
Due to its very low elevation, the Marshall Islands are threatened by the potential effects of sea level rise. According to the president of Nauru, the Marshall Islands are the most endangered nation in the world due to flooding from climate change.