Low lying tropical islands could be uninhabitable within 30 years due to rising sea levels and wave driven flooding, new research suggests. Experts warn that freshwater reserves on atolls in the Pacific and Indian oceans will be so damaged by climate change that many will no longer support humans. Scientists predict that a tipping point will be reached in the middle of this century when groundwater that’s suitable for drinking will disappear completely. Islands including paradise holiday destinations like the Seychelles and Maldives could be affected as soon as 2030, they say. Scroll down for video Low lying tropical islands could be uninhabitable within 30 years due to rising sea levels and wave driven flooding, new research suggests. Islands including paradise holiday destinations like the Seychelles and Maldives (pictured) could be affected as soon as 2030, they say Researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Hawaii at Mānoa focused on Roi-Namur Island on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands for their site study, which took place from November 2013 to May 2015. The primary source of freshwater for populated atoll islands is rain that soaks into the ground and remains there as a layer of fresh groundwater… Read full this story
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