Science News cover article on endangered islands

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"The Maldives and Kiribati highlight a hidden challenge for coping with climate change. It's not just about slowing the emissions of greenhouse gases. It's also about figuring out what to do for localities threatened with the possibility of extinction from rising ocean waters.

"They are like the canary in the coal mine in terms of the dramatic impact of climate change on a whole civilization of people," says Harvard University biological oceanographer James J. McCarthy, past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "They didn't cause the problem, but they will be among the first to feel it.""

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