First, their fathers noticed the palm trees that seemed to be inching toward
the water's edge and the fire pit that vanished beneath the tides.
Later, researchers came, scribbled measurements and offered a grim diagnosis:
The sea is coming.
There is not a power line or factory or air conditioner within a day's walk of
this village of 400 people in the southwest Pacific, but these subsistence
fishermen are no strangers to the power of industrialization and climate change.
"There used to be two rows of houses," said Mickey Tarabi, a wood carver in his
50s, nodding toward the crystal blue sea. "The first one has been moved, and the
second one will be gone soon."
Far over the horizon from the most advanced nations, scientists are measuring
the effects of global warming in the world's least-industrialized corners. As
the World Bank puts it, 15 percent of the world's population lives in
high-income countries but ...