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October 15, 2009
Around the world in 18 days

Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson is traveling the globe to report on the effects of climate change on small island nations.

Megan will take 16 flights and log 35,000 miles on the trip, which is a collaboration between United Nations Environment Program and the Alliance of Small Island States.  She is posting blogs and photos along the way. Read Megan’s posts from Grenada and Antigua, Maldives, and Tonga .

Worldfocus, the Arabic language station Al Arabiya, the Chinese news service Xinhua, and a reporter from the Italian newspaper Quotidiano Nazionale all have representatives on the trip. They will go to five countries - Antigua, Grenada, Maldives, Seychelles and Tonga - to see for themselves what’s going on and what these countries are doing about climate change.

As environmental leaders around the world gear up for the Copenhagen talks in December, AOSIS says their member nations - some only a few meters above sea level - will be the first to go if sea levels rise as high as they are predicted to. Many are already seeing the effects of erosion, erratic tides, unpredictable weather, soil contamination and other phenomena, which they say are caused by global warming. If the sea continues to rise, many of these islands may become completely uninhabitable.


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3 comments

#3

Hi Megan, It was great to meet you today in little ‘Eua Island in Tonga.
Wish you all the best.

#2

I WONDER HOW SHE ADJUSTS TO ALL THE KINDS OF FOOD AND HER SLEEPING TIME.I KNOW THAT BOTTLE WATER IS NOT AVAILABLE IN ALL AREAS . I WISH YOU THE BEST.

#1

I like the idea of collaboration amongst a variety of countries and their news services. Can you link us to the postings by the other joournalists too? I’d like o compare what Megan writes with what the reporters from Al Arabiyya and the Italian paper (which one?? write. I hope to see more collaborations like this, it makes sense.

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