The Solomon Islands – Loss of biodiversity, territory, homes

A new study provides evidence on the submersion of entire islands in the Pacific. Five tiny islands have been lost to sea level rise, seeing the disappearance of rich patches of biodiversity. Coastal erosion has eaten up more than half the habitable area of another island, Nuatambu Island, submerging 11 houses and leading to the relocation of its people. (see here for a piece in the Conversation by the authors of this paper)  
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“The river and school fees are devouring my land.” – A story from Bangladesh by Thomas Loster and Christian Barthelt

[The following text originally appears as a blog post under the Munich Re Foundation] Gulnahar is proud. More than twenty women and children crowd into her little hut while she is being interviewed by students from the Resilience Academy. Gulnahar was born in Singpur and once inherited land from her father. She owns a small house and a garden, and has a son – Mahmud – her pride and joy. So that Mahmud can one day live a better life, he must attend school. The village has enough elementary s...
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NELD Story by Erin Derrington

Eastern Bangladesh - “Ask the decision makers to help… we want to stay here.”  Author: Erin Derrington This was Aiyesha’s urgent plea at the end of our nearly two hour talking session in a hot tin schoolhouse in the village of Singpur in eastern Bangladesh. Just east of Nikli, Singpur has lived with the floods of the Ghorautra River, but the river is gaining ground. It is hard to imagine that for half of the year the swollen channel our small boat motored across for over an hour is dry. ...
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