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1) Tuvalu, South Pacific
Tuvalu, a country consisting of several small islands, has been described as a canary in a mine, as it is predicted to become the first country to disappear into the ocean....
Bangladesh is more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than many other nations for a range of reasons....
EXPLORE FURTHER: Read case studies in England to see how three coastal communities have adapted to the affects of sea level rises. Too see how your local area might be affected, follow this link to the map produced by Climate Central, based on the recent paper by Kulp and Strauss (2019).
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