Sea Level Rise and Kiribati
the consequences of climate change
Research and Write up
What has caused your issue?
The cause of sea level rise is climate change. Climate change is largely contributed to by the burning of fossil fuels, and the release of CO₂ into the atmosphere. As CO₂ is released into the atmosphere, it traps heat in the atmosphere, heating up our planet. As the planet heats up, more and more polar ice melts into the ocean, causing the sea level to rise.
What are the two points of view on your issue?
Point of view 2: We can save island nations such as Kiribati, if all countries reduce their CO₂ emissions. As one of the most carbon responsible nations per head, the Kiribati population is not responsible for the rising sea levels. Large industrialised countries such as China and the U.S. need to cap their carbon emissions for the good of all.
Countries's CO₂ emissions per annum (kt)
How is your issue impacting on/ affecting people and/ or the environment?
What is being done (or could be done) to solve your issue.
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