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Maldives at Risk

(by Lori Brown, via Earth911.com)

With its white sand beaches, clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, palm trees and warm weather, the Republic of Maldives attract an average 0f 700,000 tourists each year. That’s pretty impressive, considering that annual rate nearly doubles the population of the island nation. But what Maldivians and tourists alike love about the archipelago country may just be the very thing that threatens its existence.

Though Maldivians contribute relatively very little to global climate change, they find themselves the most vulnerable to its affects. They are a nation directly affected by the actions of others. This realization has led to a “lead by example” mentality, placing the Maldives as one of the most environmentally forward thinking nations in the world.

Click here to read more from Earth911.com.

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