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Climate envoy from the Marshall Islands on hopes, fears at COP2605:47
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A small uninhabited island that has slipped beneath the water line only showing a small pile of rocks at low tide on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Climate change poses an existential threat to places like the Marshall Islands, which protrude only 6 feet above sea level in most places. (Rob Griffith/AP)
A small uninhabited island that has slipped beneath the water line only showing a small pile of rocks at low tide on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Climate change poses an existential threat to places like the Marshall Islands, which protrude only 6 feet above sea level in most places. (Rob Griffith/AP)

A World Bank report shows that if ocean levels rise a meter — expected by 2100, in some models — entire islands in the Marshall Islands chain would disappear under the water.

As delegates gather at COP26, the annual international summit on climate change, island nations see inaction as an immediate threat.

Host Scott Tong speaks with Tina Stege, climate envoy for the Marshall Islands, about the conference.

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a project aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis. WBUR is one of 400+ news organizations that have committed to a week of heightened coverage around the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Check out all our coverage here.

This segment aired on November 1, 2021.

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