The Pendleton Panther

Maldives fights to stay afloat

Posted on: October 16, 2009

one of the maldives many islands

one of the maldives many islands

No one can doubt the natural beauty of the tropical island nation of the Maldives, with its year round sunshine and one of the world’s most impressive marine sanctuaries. The unique geographical make up of the islands that attracts huge numbers of tourists per year is also its Achilles heel. There are near 1200 islands in the Maldives and all of them are less than 2 meters above sea level; this is a major problem with the growing threat of global warming and the rising sea level. Many Scientists believe that 80% of this island nation will be under water by the end of this century. The Maldivian president has seen this problem and in response launched some several ambitious campaigns; he wants the Maldives to become the first 100% carbon natural country in the world and have raised tourist taxes to pay for this, he says the Maldives needs to do its part in saving the islands by not burning fossil fuels.

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