Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Rising sea levels force Bikini Islanders to seek US refuge

About 1,000 Bikini islanders have applied to relocate to the United States as rising seas threaten their adopted home.
The residents were moved from their Pacific atoll as result of atomic bomb tests in the 1940s.
But their new home, on another of the Marshall Islands, is struggling against huge tides and increasing storms.
The islanders have now asked Washington to change the terms of a trust fund to allow them settle in the US.
In 1946, several hundred Islanders were moved from Bikini Atoll by the US government, which wanted to test atomic weapons on the remote atoll. (S:

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