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Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations

Published on Jul 31, 2014 8:48 PM
 
(From left) Tuiloma Neroni Slade, secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr, and Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi gather at the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in the Palau city of Koror on July 31, 2014. Pacific leaders warned Thursday, July 31, 2014, that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change. -- PHOTO: AFP

KOROR, Palau (AFP) - Pacific leaders warned Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change.

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) wrapped up its annual meeting in Palau with a call to action on the issue of global warming, with the 15-nation regional grouping saying there was no excuse not to act to curb climate change.

"We all know the causes of climate change, we know the solutions," Samoa Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi told reporters after releasing a communique from the three-day meeting.

"All that is left is decisive action from leaders with the courage to do what needs to be done to save the world." Mr Malielegaoi said Pacific island nations, some of which are barely one metre above sea level, were at the forefront of the climate change issue because it was a matter of survival for them.

 
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