• 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Waves from the Pacific Ocean (left) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cameron Isala, 25, a fisherman, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Children play in a small boat on the waters of the Funafuti lagoon. In the background, international fishing vessels stop to refuel and restock 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.
  • Tuvalu farmer, Siaosi Finiki, 85, stands amongst his coconut trees in the northern end 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.
  • Frank Fiapati, 30, plays with his youngest child outside their home in 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The wreck of a boat left by American forces during their stationing on Tuvalu during World War 2. The island nation was a key position in the Pacific theatre and was home to some 6000 American troops who launched aerial raids against Japanese forces further north. Now, the rusting remains of equipment can occasionally be found on the islands, still standing where they were left seven decades previous. Funafuti atoll, Tuvalu. March, 2019.
  • Waves from the Pacific Ocean crash onto the shores of Funafuti, Tuvalu, during the king tides. March, 2019.
  • A rainbow hangs over the Pacific Ocean, just of off the coastline of Funafuti, 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 dumpsite at the northern end of Fongafale island. Waste management is a problem for an island nation such as Tuvalu that's located in a remote corner of the pacific Ocean. At the moment, solid waste is collected in this one location however it lies just metres away from the central lagoon and ocean threatening the local ecosystem. Funafuti, 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.
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