Record-high tides flooded the Marshall Islands

June 28, 2013. Tiny Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean flooded record tides that swept the capital city of Majuro and forced the government to welcome the U.S. rescue team with the words "welcome to the global warming."

The strong storm waves combined with high tides flooded the runway in Majuro.

With a warmer the water level in the oceans rise. An increase in temperature also means a stronger storm surges.

"From drought to floods — my people are suffering from the effects of climate change," — said the Minister of Marshall Islands Tony de Brum.

"Thousands of people in the north are suffering from hunger and thirst, thousands of people here in the south are affected by the floods. As I said rescue teams from the U.S., "Welcome to climate change."

"We are very grateful for the help received. But the help does not prevent floods, droughts and diseases become the new order of things. We talked for years that it is easier to prevent than to cure. What we need is new leaders in the field of climate change, "- said de Brum.

Photo: Sea water has left a lot of debris on the islands and can cause further salinization of fresh water, which is already a little bit. (Source: Olai Uludong).

A lot of low islands suffer from increased coastal erosion and lose sources of fresh water under the pressure of the sea. This gives them a direct threat to the weight of the controversy over climate change.

Ailinglaplap, native atoll President Christopher Loic — one of the most vulnerable amongst all of the Marshall Islands.

"The end of the island is getting shorter every year. Some of the beaches from where we used to go fishing now under water, "- said Loic.

"I love Ailinglaplap. I can live on other islands, but I was born and grew up there. I always thought to go back there to live, "- he added.

Flooding is even harder on that about 7 out of 55 000 inhabitants are suffering from a serious drought.

While President Obama calls in Georgetown "to protect future generations from the ravages of climate change," the inhabitants of the Marshall Islands are faced with him for the present.

"We will not stop telling people that climate change — it is a problem of humanity. We run with it before the others, but it will come to all, and people have to realize it, "- said Loic.

Earlier this month, the U.S. has been called the Marshall Islands disaster area due to the severity of drought.

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), which represents the region to discuss climate change at the UN is asking for payments for damages and damages to compensate for the climatic change.

Who is funding aimed at reducing emissions and adaptation projects to counteract the effects of climate change. Supporters of payments for damage and injuries say it is necessary for the most vulnerable nations are prone to such effects to a greater extent than they can cope.

Translation: Anastasia Antoshkina
Source: Responding to Climate Change

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