According to Ms Kyte; “For some of the islands, we’re really talking about the extreme effects of climate change now, which are going to put their entire cultures in jeopardy within the foreseeable future. We have an obligation to help build these countries’ resilience. Some will argue that this is an actual issue of justice and an actual issue of rights” given the role rich nations have played in emitting greenhouse gas emissions to “poison” the atmosphere”
The word “moral”, as ever, is a politician speak demand for more of our money. But the article does end on an amusing note – as evidence for the urgency of the demand for cash, the author cites a report suggesting “a thinning of Antarctica’s grounded and floating ice, with the annual loss in the order of 350 gigatonnes as the planet warms up”.
See related WUWT story on Antarctica here
For a tutorial on why these islands aren’t ‘sinking” or being inundated by sea level rise due to global warming, see this excellent essay by Willis Eschenbach.