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  • Islanders flee rising sea levels

    As worries about climate change grow, a community in the Pacific Ocean is already dealing with the effects.

      BRISBANE, Australia — As a teenager in the Carteret Islands, a picturesque atoll in the eastern Papua New Guinea archipelago, Ursula Rakova walked to school and church along a sandy road, passing through the center of a thriving community that produced taro, a staple food.

      Thirty years on, the taro plantations of Han, Rakova’s home island, are gone — swamped by rising seas. The road, too, is under water. “Where we once walked,” she told GlobalPost, “we now have to paddle a canoe.”

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