The tiny nation of Kiribati will soon be underwater — here's the plan to save its people

Planning for "migration with dignity," the former president purchased 6000 acres of land in Fiji for the I-Kiribati to move to and relocated 75 citizens a year to New Zealand.
Arielle Duhaime-Ross
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An Olympic Weightlifter Is Losing His Home to Climate Change

Weightlifter David Katoatau has won the small Pacific nation of Kiribati some of its only athletic honors. With scientists projecting that his country will soon be underwater, he’s trying to capture the world’s attention about climate change.
Andrew Lewis

How to Lead a Nation That Will Be Swallowed by the Sea

The president of low-lying Kiribati has spent nearly a decade trying to save his people from rising sea levels. There’s a good chance he will not succeed. This is how he leads a nation that will likely not exist in 100 years.
Brian Merchant

What Will Happen to the Millions Displaced by Climate Change?

If your home sinks, so should your expectations of help.
Paul Gregoire

New Zealand Supreme Court Rejects Kiribati Man’s Bid to Become a 'Climate Refugee'

Ioane Teitiota and his family face deportation from New Zealand after its highest court ruled that the environmental threat of rising sea levels does not constitute grounds for refugee status.
Pierre Longeray et Pierre-Louis Caron

These Low-Lying Nations Say They're Going to Sue Fossil Fuel Companies

In a joint statement, representatives from six Pacific Island nations say their rights and ability to survive are threatened by the burning of fossil fuels.
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A 10,000-Year-Old Ice Shelf in Antarctica Is Disintegrating

Scientists at NASA say the massive Larsen B Ice Shelf could completely disappear by the end of the decade, while British researchers say its even larger neighbor, Larsen C, is melting at an alarming rate.
Darren Ankrom
Motherboard Blog

A Man in New Zealand Is Seeking Asylum from Climate Change

The rising ocean threatens his native country, the low-lying island nation of Kiribati, so he doesn't want to take his family back.
Ben Richmond