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Islanders are in for tough times. As if rising sea levels were not enough to contend with, about 16 million people living on three-quarters of the world's small islands face the daunting prospect of seriously dwindling freshwater supplies as a consequence of climate change.

Australia's Cocos Island and Christmas Island, along with New Zealand's Cook Islands, are among the 73 per cent of 80 sampled islands which, by the year 2050, will be at risk of having reduced or no freshwater access, US researchers have reported.

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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