Buildings fill the skyline of the densely populated Male, capital of the Maldives. (Photo: AFP/Roberto Schmidt) As well as losing land and infrastructure to encroaching oceans as the planet heats up, many islands are also facing extreme flooding and damage from tropical storms, warned Amjad Abdulla, head negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). With experts from across the planet locked in key talks in Bangkok aimed at breathing life into the Paris Agreement on climate change, Abdulla said time had “already run out” for some countries. “Our islands are at risk. We are doing more than our fair share with our limited resources,” he told AFP on the sidelines of the six-day conference. “What we are saying to the international community is that we do not have adequate financial, technological or human capacity in terms of alleviating the issue of climate change – we need international cooperation so we can all survive on our islands.” The 2015 Paris deal – which must be adopted by signatory nations by December – aims to limit global temperature rises to “well below” two degrees Celsius and to less than 1.5 degrees if possible. The most persistent sticking points in negotiations… Read full this story
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