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Pacific countries face more complex problems than sinking

Pacific countries face more complex problems than sinking

Other effects of climate change are more urgent, more varied and more unpredictable

“How does a nation survive being swallowed by the sea?” So went the tagline for “Anote’s Ark”, a documentary film following Anote Tong, then president of Kiribati, as he toured the world warning that his islands were drowning. In 2014, he bought 20 square kilometres of land in Fiji, for Kiribati’s 120,000-odd people to move to as a “last resort”.

“Anote’s Ark” came out in 2018, two years after Mr Tong retired. The government that succeeded his was unimpressed. “It’s a drama, like a Star Wars film,” says Teburoro Tito, Kiribati’s ambassador to the un. “The story is very convincing, but I must say, it’s not true.” The land in Fiji is being turned into a commercial farm.

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