In this Worldfocus signature story, we take another look at the drastic consequences of climate change. The Maldives, an island chain off the southwest coast of India, find themselves being consumed by rising sea levels. For a look at how the Maldives are trying to deal with the problem, Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson traveled there recently.
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Mohammed Waheed Hassan was elected vice president in the Maldives' first democratic elections in 30 years. In this extended interview, he talks about why he believes his country faces grave danger from climate change -- and how the Maldives hopes to set a positive example by becoming the world's first carbon-neutral country.
In the Maldives, the country's new president has initiated a series of high-profile events to publicize the potentially devastating effects of climate change. But as producer Megan Thompson writes, behind the public relations lies a serious -- and hopeful -- story of a remarkable political transformation.
This December, representatives of around 200 nations will gather in the Danish capital to seal a deal on climate change. Small island nations such as the Maldives have much at stake at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Rising sea levels could force the evacuation of entire populations from low-lying countries like the Maldives, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands, according to a recent report. Climate change could potentially create 200 million refugees by 2050.