Thursday, 10 December 2009

Kiribati appeals for jobs abroad to save islanders

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—The remote Pacific nation of Kiribati has appealed to rich nations to give training and jobs to its people, fearing its very existence is at risk if the low-lying atolls are swamped by rising seas.

Foreign Secretary Tessie Eria Lambourne said Kiribati, whose islands lie just two meters (about six feet) above sea-level on average, was in imminent danger from global warming.

She proposed expanding a scheme already in place in Australia and New Zealand, where people from Kiribati are trained as nurses and given the option to work and settle there. Read more

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