Mapped: Voices of people most vulnerable to climate change

Using photos and stories, people in the Arctic and small island states are documenting the disappearance of their land


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By Sophie Yeo

In the Arctic and across small island states, land is disappearing and lives are changing.

Though separated by wide oceans and different cultures, the communities are linked. Climate change is causing ice in the Arctic to melt, which is making sea levels rise. This is putting the existence of low lying islands on the other side of the world in peril.

A project called Many Strong Voices set out to document the changes being wrought upon these vulnerable areas.

Researchers gathered stories from young people in Alaska, Norway, Canada, Greenland, the Seychelles, Fiji, Samoa, Kiribati and Tuvalu, whose futures will be at risk if nothing is done to stem rising carbon dioxide emissions.

They also trained them in photography, so they could track the changes themselves.

The results became an exhibition called Portraits of Resilience. We’ve drawn the experiences together in an interactive map, highlighting the common hopes and fears of these distant communities.

With thanks to Ilan Kelman and Christine Germano for the material

– See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/02/16/mapped-voices-of-people-most-vulnerable-to-climate-change/#sthash.Y12xEo85.dpuf


Japan hit with 6.9 magnitude quake near anniversary of Fukushima disaster


Members of a South Korean investigation team visit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Dec. 17, 2014.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the shores of northeastern Japan on Monday. Following the quake, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory for Iwate Prefecture.Although Japan is accustomed to regular quakes of lower magnitudes, an earthquake event near 7.0 is worth noting. The quake comes just one month before the four-year anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku 9.0 magnitude quake that resulted in a massive tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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A man walks near a train swept from its tracks by a tsunami following the March 11 earthquake in Higashi Matsuyama city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, on Saturday, April 2, 2011.



In response to this latest quake, TEPCO, the company charged with maintaining the still damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, sent a message via Twitter to allay any fears of trouble at the facility.

No abnormalities reported at TEPCO nuclear power plants after earthquake and tsunami alert in northern Japan

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