Sunday, November 22, 2009

Climate change: Island nation Maldives is the canary in the coal mine

The Washington Post Outlook section for Sunday November 22 has an important lead story (link) by Bill McKibben “Outlook: Obama needs to feel the heat: The sharp contrast between Barack Obama and Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives on global warming”, link here. The author is Scholar in Residence, Middlebury College and Co-Founder,

The article draws a parallel between President Obama and the new president Mohammed Nasheed, of the Maldives, an island nation in the Pacific that never reaches more than 10 feet above sea level, but that some residents regard as paradise.

Note the “International Day of Climate Action” on the 350 site.

The article is critical of what it sees as the president’s inertia on climate change, punting to Congress. So it says, imagine taking Congress on an underwater tour of the Florida keys.

Wikipedia attribution link for NASA space picture of Maldives.

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