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    Thousands of Islands Will Be Uninhabitable Within Decades

    New research predicts low-lying islands, especially coral-ringed atoll chains, will suffer from flooding, a lack of fresh water and infrastructure damage caused by rising sea levels due to climate change. Most of the territories currently at risk — including the Marshall Islands, home to hundreds of thousands of people — are located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Taking into account the effects of wave-driven overwash, the study predicts drinkable groundwater will be unavailable on most atoll islands by the middle of this century.

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