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Pacific Islanders Plead for Urgent Climate Action as Seas Rise

  • Island nations demand tighter limits at UN talks on warming
  • "Paris is not going to keep your feet dry or your desert wet"

The village where Anote Tong attended school some 40 years ago is no longer there. As the Pacific Ocean encroached on the settlement, the villagers left for higher ground.

“There is a church building and a meeting house, but nobody can go there because during high tide they’re sitting out in the middle of the water,” said Tong, now president of the atoll nation of Kiribati.