Australia will give $15 million to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati towards the cost of rebuilding a main road damaged by rising sea levels.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr, who is visiting Kiribati, says fixing the road will ensure people can get to schools, health clinics and markets.
”Kiribati is at the front line of climate change,” Senator Carr said in a statement on Monday, adding its highest point is now just three metres above sea level.
Without help in the fight against climate change, Kiribati could be uninhabitable by 2030.
Apparently nobody in the Australian government bothered to check the sea level data for Kiribati before making this decision. Neither satellites nor tide gauges show any rise in sea level over the last thirty years.