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Here today, gone tomorrow: the IPCC’s new report predicts the sea-level rise flooding our backyard

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Strip of land, with houses on it, between rough sea and calmer lagoon
The land between lagoon and beach in Funafuti, Tuvalu. The highest point on Tuvalu is 4.6 metres above sea level. With five millimetres per year of regional sea level rise (above the global average), the small nation could be inundated within a century. Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images

It’s certain that rising sea levels are due to anthropogenic climate change, but the effects are not felt equally. Low-lying communities across Australia and the Pacific are already gasping for air – if action isn’t taken, some islands – and entire nations – could slip beneath the waves.

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