Back-to-back-to-back shocks

Global warming is dissolving the Alpine glaciers so rapidly that Italy and Switzerland have decided they must re-draw their national borders to take account of the new realities.

“How long do you think this island [Maldives] can be inhabited?” I ask. “Not more than 20 years,” he says. “Then we’ll have to abandon it. Children growing up in primary school now won’t be able to live here.”

On this side of the fence, rising sea levels caused by climate change are beginning to inundate low-lying Bangladesh. Scientists estimate that by midcentury as many as 15 million people could be displaced.

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