First town in Solomon Islands to relocate due to climate change

Monday 18th Aug 2014 by theWeather Club
Image: Taro Island with the near Choiseul Island in the Solomon Islands (Source: NASA)

 

The provincial capital of Choiseul on Taro Island is relocating due to continued threats from rising sea levels, storm surges and tsunamis. Choiseul has around 1,000 people and is less than two meters above sea level; it is the first such case in the Pacific islands.

A new town will be built on an adjacent mainland and the town’s population will be moved in there stages. In the short-term, mitigation measures will be taken to avoid a disaster such as that of Cyclone Ita in April 2014 which caused widespread flooding, killed at least 23 people and affected 50,000 people.

More details can be found here: http://planetark.org/wen/72068