• A young boy plays in the shallows of the Funafuti lagoon. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A mother and child walk along a road in central Funafuti, Tuvalu. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • International fishing vessels stop to refuel and restock in Funafuti lagoon before continuing to fish the waters around Tuvalu. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • Taualo Penivao (left) is the chief executive office of the Kaupule town council. He stands next to Siliga Kofe (right), head chief of Funafuti. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A motorbike rides along the main runway in central Funafuti. The runway makes up a large part of the central island and is sometimes used by locals for moving from one end of the island to the other. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A young Tuvaluan boy sits outside a typical home in downtown Funafuti. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A young girl looks out onto the Funafuti lagoon, in the Tuvaluan capital. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A young boy walks home from school in the Tuvaluan capital of Funafuti. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A young boy sits on a bench in the Tuvaluan capital of Funafuti. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A young boy rides his bicycle though the Tuvaluan capital of Funafuti. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • An aerial view of Fongafale island, the home to the Tuvaluan capital of Funafuti. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • An aerial view of Funafuti atoll, on approach to land at the country's sole airport. Seen from above, it's easy to see why the Southwest Pacific country of Tuvalu has been identified as one of the world's most vulnerable nations to climate change. The country is made up of a collection of small islands and coral atolls, totalling only 27 square kilometres, scattered over 500,000 square kilometres of ocean. The highest point throughout the country is only 5 metres above sea level, resulting in special vulnerability to sea level rise. According to the Tuvaluan government, "since 1993, sea level near Tuvalu has risen about 5mm per year; this is larger than the global average." Other challenges face the country including drought, ocean acidification and waste problems. Tuvalu. March, 2019.
  • Waves from the Pacific Ocean crash onto shore in Funafuti, Tuvalu. Seen from above, it's easy to see why the Southwest Pacific country of Tuvalu has been identified as one of the world's most vulnerable nations to climate change. The country is made up of a collection of small islands and coral atolls, totalling only 27 square kilometres, scattered over 500,000 square kilometres of ocean. The highest point throughout the country is only 5 metres above sea level, resulting in special vulnerability to sea level rise. According to the Tuvaluan government, "since 1993, sea level near Tuvalu has risen about 5mm per year; this is larger than the global average." Other challenges face the country including drought, ocean acidification and waste problems. Funafuti, Tuvalu. March, 2019.
  • Dencus Tanalua, 24, a carpenter, stands near the shoreline in central Funafuti, the capital of the small Pacific nation of Tuvalu. Land poor micro-states in the region are some of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. This has driven many to flee their homelands, in fear of the potential environmental catastophes their countries are vulnerable to, and also in search of higher incomes through better job opportunities provided by other larger countries. It is estimated nearly 20% of Tuvalu's population have left and reside in other countries such as New Zealand and Australia. Young adults are the most likely to leave, with the older generation most likely to stay. A recent report by The Australian National University estimates by 2050, "47% of Tuvaluan adults (4,900 people)...will want to migrate but [will] be unable to do so", with limiting factors being financial and available places on migration programs to other countries. Funafuti, Tuvalu. March, 2019.
  • Coral appear under the waves near an island in the Funafuti atoll, Tuvalu. According to the UN, "Many coral species are highly vulnerable to heat stress. Scientists suggest that a 1 deg Celsius increase in average water temperature will cause coral reefs to die – a process know as coral bleaching. Tuvalu is experiencing a small amount of coral bleaching and this is expected to rise. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that in the next 30 to 50 years coral bleaching events will occur every year. With coral dying, Tuvalu will lose its fish stocks - a principle source of protein for island communities like Tuvalu." March, 2019.
  • A land reclamation project in central Funafuti to provide new buildings for the local government. Seen from above, it's easy to see why the Southwest Pacific country of Tuvalu has been identified as one of the world's most vulnerable nations to climate change. The country is made up of a collection of small islands and coral atolls, totalling only 27 square kilometres, scattered over 500,000 square kilometres of ocean. The highest point throughout the country is only 5 metres above sea level, resulting in special vulnerability to sea level rise. According to the Tuvaluan government, "since 1993, sea level near Tuvalu has risen about 5mm per year; this is larger than the global average." Other challenges face the country including drought, ocean acidification and waste problems. Tuvalu. March, 2019.
  • Seen from above, it's easy to see why the Southwest Pacific country of Tuvalu has been identified as one of the world's most vulnerable nations to climate change. The country is made up of a collection of small islands and coral atolls, totalling only 27 square kilometres, scattered over 500,000 square kilometres of ocean. The highest point throughout the country is only 5 metres above sea level, resulting in special vulnerability to sea level rise. According to the Tuvaluan government, "since 1993, sea level near Tuvalu has risen about 5mm per year; this is larger than the global average." Other challenges face the country including drought, ocean acidification and waste problems. Tuvalu. March, 2019.
  • A man sleeps on bags filled with rocks and stones, placed on a river bank to prevent flooding in the city in January 2013. The severity of these floods is believed to be increasing as a result of climate change, inefficient drainage systems, rising sea levels and the fact that large parts of Jakarta are sinking below sea level.
  • Yuan-Hung Lo (Roy), acting leader of the Taiwan Technical Mission. The farm is part of a program of assistance provided by Taiwan. Tuvalu has poor quality soil throughout its islands and atolls resulting in few vegetables and fruits being available for local to eat. The farm sells vegetables to locals twice a week. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A man purchases plants from a farm jointly run by the Tuvalu and Taiwanese governments. The farm is part of a program of assistance provided by Taiwan. Tuvalu has poor quality soil throughout its islands and atolls resulting in few vegetables and fruits being available for local to eat. The farm sells vegetables to locals twice a week. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A woman collects cucumbers harvested from a farm jointly run by the Tuvalu and Taiwanese governments. The farm is part of a program of assistance provided by Taiwan. Tuvalu has poor quality soil throughout its islands and atolls resulting in few vegetables and fruits being available for local to eat. The farm sells vegetables to locals twice a week. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • A young boy plays in the shallows of the Funafuti lagoon. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • Enele Sopoaga, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
  • Fini Iuni, 24, a young Tuvaluan man. Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is the world's 4th smallest country and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts including sea level rise, drought and extreme weather events. Tuvalu - March, 2019.
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