Maldives’ ecology minister Aminath Sauna on Wednesday said failure to stem global warming could end up being a “death sentence” for small island nations.

Failure to stop global warming could be a ‘death sentence’ for small island nations – such as the Maldives – that would put their livelihoods and crops at risk, said the country’s environment minister on Wednesday.

Shauna highlighted climate change at COP26 in Glasgow and hoped the world would take need and “rapid” action to commit to comprehensive global warming reduction.

Shauna said rich nations would have to uphold their Paris pledge of spending $100 billion per year to help poorer nations cope with the impacts of climate change and shift toward cleaner energy.

Nearly 1.200 islands, 189 of which are inhabited by its 540.000 people, are typically only 3.3 meter (3.3 feet) above sea level and are threatened by growing seas and severe storms that haven’t left unsubcutaneous fresh water anywhere in the country, Shauna said.

Climate Vulnerable Forum

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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History of the Maldives

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