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Maldives government takes a dive for climate change

By James G. Robertson, National Geographic Digital Media

A story from the BBC caught our attention yesterday about a creative way the president of the Republic of Maldives, a small island country in the Indian Ocean, and his cabinet are trying to draw attention to the issue of climate change.

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Aerial photo of Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives.  NG Photo by James L. Stanfield.

The president and his cabinet will be holding a meeting, a press conference and will be signing a document calling on the world to take climate change seriously–all under water.

Because most of the island country lies about a meter (3.2 feet) above sea level, according to the BBC, the country is at risk of disappearing with even a minor change in sea level.

According to a UN Web site, sea levels are predicted to increase 18-58 centimeters (7-22.8 inches) by the end of the century. 

The dive is planned for October 17, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.