"Climate change refugees" from a sinking atoll
Rising sea levels [falling land levels] means the atolls which make up the Carteret Island group are regularly affected by saltwater flooding, which is destroying fresh water reserves and food gardens, which sustain an estimated 1400 people. But by the end of the year many of them are likely to be amongst the world's first climate refugees [actually, just "refugees"], as the autonomous Bougainville government wants to begin resettling them on mainland Bougainville.
But if it had been a simple case of a sinking island, it wouldn't be newsworthy, would it?
Read it here.