Fiji Times. 7th October 2018

FROM a distance it looked like a jewel nestled in a majestic harbour, garlanded by the white sandy beaches and the mountainous terrain that make a perfect backdrop on a portrait.

But when we arrived at Narikoso Village on the island of Ono in Kadavu, evident was the threat sea-level rise has made to the more than 100 villagers.

A huge portion of the land had gone, in fact, in the past half-century, about 50 square metres of land had been washed away.

In 1973, a seawall was constructed, eight years later villagers constructed another seawall and then in 1982, another was erected this time moving closer to the village.

Most climate scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is a human expansion of the “greenhouse effect” According to the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, global sea level has been rising over the past century, and the rate has increased in recent decades.

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