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Liputan6.com, Salomon – Five small islands in the Pacific archipelago disappear from the map due to rising sea levels and erosion. The disappearance of the island is the first evidence of the impact of climate change taking place on the Pacific coastline, according to researchers from Australia.
The small islands are part of the Salomon Islands which in the last 2 decades has rising water levels up to 10mm. It was revealed in a study released in May.
The lost islands are 1 to 5 hectares. Fortunately, there is nothing inhabited by manuisa.
However, the other 6 islands have been partially flattened by the sea. Two of them inhabited by the population have been completely destroyed, forcing them to leave.
One of them is Nuamtambu Island, home to 25 families. They lost 11 homes and half of the island sank since 2011. Similarly dilansir Liputan6.com from The Guardian, Tuesday (10/05/2016).
The disappearance of the islands confirmed the research that says there will be several points along the Pacific are dramatically lost due to the impacts of climate change.
Scientists used 1943 satellite data on 33 islands in the region. Including, traditional knowledge and carbon data from trees.
The Salomon Islands is a country with hundreds of islands and has a population of 640 thousand. It's located, a stone's throw from northeastern Australia.
"This is an emergency call for all our neighboring countries and international assistance to help relocate us with funding from the Green Climate Fund," said Melchior Mataki, head of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Council.
The Green Climate Fund is part of the UN Framwork Convention on Climate Change program aimed at helping countries affected by climate change.
The Salomon Islands is one of 175 countries that in April signed a global agreement reached at the climate change convention in Paris.The islanders were forced to move to neighboring islands or live in the hills.
"The sea water began to fill the land, it was not just another tide … it forced us to move into the hills and rebuild our village away from the sea," said Sirilo Sutaroti, whose village was drowned.