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Planet Earth

Becky Visits Vanuatu

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyMarch 27, 2007 8:15 PM

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The South Pacific island chain of Vanuatu is a kind of canary in the coalmine for global warming. A settlement on Vanuatu's Tegua Island has already had to be relocated due to sea level rise. (See also here.) The problem was that with ever rising seas, low lying islands--and those living there--are subject to ever higher surges during storms. Eventually, the assault from the ocean becomes too much and you have to move.

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In this context, Vanuatu may get a test with cyclone Becky, whose projected path is shown above (courtesy of the RMSC-Nadi Tropical Cyclone Warning Center). So far Becky is just a Category 1 hurricane offshore, but it's expected to steadily intensify as it rakes Vanuatu's islands. That can't be good...

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