PNG ATOLLS HIT BY RISING SEA LEVELS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (September 27, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Communities on Bougainville's atoll islands most threatened by rising sea levels are calling on the provincial government to assist in resettling them.

They include the outer atolls of the Carterets, Mortlock, Nuguria, Tasman and Nissan groups.

Since the 1960s, the Carterets group has suffered the effects of global warming commonly known as the greenhouse effect.

Shorelines of the atoll islands have been washed away at an alarming rate by rising seas and the islanders fear that in the next five to 10 years some of the atolls will be completely flooded.

The Bougainville provincial government at one stage had a program whereby Carteret islanders from the most affected atolls were resettled in central Bougainville. However, they returned home to the islands after the secessionist movement on the Bougainville mainland worsened in 1990.

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