One Looming Consequence of Climate Change: Small Island Nations Will Cease to Exist

As negotiations reach their end at the United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, negotiators representing small island countries urged leaders to speed efforts to reduce emissions and save the future of these island nations.

As United Nations climate change talks get set to wrap up on Friday in Marrakech, Morocco, negotiators representing the Alliance of Small Island Nations underscored the need to speed up efforts to combat global warming and adapt to its effects.

“I’m happy about the progress that we are making, but we have a lot more work to do,” said Hugh Sealy, a climate change consultant for the United Nations who helped negotiate last year’s Paris agreement, which committed the world’s nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and is attending the Morocco conference as the lead negotiator for small island countries.

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