Maldives is a small country situated in Indian Ocean and is a country made of more than 1000 coral islands. This country attracts a lot of tourists because of its beautiful sand beaches. The capital of the country is Male. Climate change has had a big impact on this country which has been increasingly threatened by more and more severe floods from the encroaching sea level rise (SLR). Because the Maldives’ are only 8 feet above sea level, the water has been steadily rising around all the islands. According to scientists Maldives’ surrounding sea levels have been rising by 0.07 inch (1.7 millimeters) per year since 1950, on a globally averaged basis. However, an average rise of 0.13 inch (3.3 millimeters) per year from 1993 to 2008 suggests that the pace of sea level rise is accelerating. In November 2008, the president announced the country’s interest in buying a new homeland. The government’s plan was to use part of the billion-dollar tourist revenue to purchase a place for what will become environmental refugees
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Global Warming is a threat to humanity. The steady rise of the sea level in Maldives is a sure sign of likely catastrophic development in that region. It is only wise that the Government of Maldives and its people become cognizant of the possible danger that lurks and actively pursue their exit strategy before it is too late. Now is the time to act wisely.