Tectonic movement more likely cause of island flooding | Pacific Beat

Tectonic movement more likely cause of island flooding

Tectonic movement more likely cause of island flooding

Updated 20 August 2013, 8:36 AEST

Sea level rise in the Western Pacific has been greater that in other areas of the world.

In communities from Tuvalu to the Carteret Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea's island of Bougainville, people have had their houses swamped and in some cases been forced to move.

The University of Sydney's Professor John Connell, author of the new book 'Islands at Risk' says for some Pacific communities this may be more to do with plate tectonics than climate change.

Presenter:Jemima Garrett

Speaker:Professor John Connell, University of Sydney & Author 'Islands at Risk'

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