Is Haiti condemned to dirty air, denuded hills, blackouts and dangerous flooding?
CANAPÉ VERTE, Haiti -- Robert Naylor walks the perimeter of an electricity substation high above Port-au-Prince, pointing out new equipment his company, Perini Management Corp., installed here as part of a $12.7 million U.S. Agency for International Development project to strengthen Haiti's energy infrastructure. This substation and others were damaged in the 2010 earthquake, and the United States is investing in repairs to the transmission and distribution systems as well as the installation of new equipment and worker training. But below the substation's fence, a jumble of cut and spliced wires snake from the overhead power line toward a cluster of makeshift shacks. Naylor points to it and shakes his head.
Storm surges, rising seas could doom Pacific islands this century -- USGS
As ice caps melt and sea levels rise, islands around the world could eventually become completely submerged, like real-world cities of Atlantis. Scientists have determined that the tides could consume low-lying islands in the next 50 to 150 years. But they'll become uninhabitable well before they're underwater, and that day might not be in the too distant future.
Island countries facing watery demise confer on survival strategies
HONOLULU -- Island nations threatened by rising seas need to confer on survival strategies in the face of limited options for winning help from large countries, officials said here Saturday.
Drama unfolds on islands facing a watery end
MALÉ, Maldives -- Flying low over the water surrounding the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives instills a sense of both freedom and foreboding. The Maldives is made up of nearly 1,200 coral islands, 200 of which are inhabited. At a maximum of 6.6 feet above sea level, it is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's most vulnerable nations to climate change. And it may be more vulnerable now than ever as the small, tranquil country struggles to weather a fierce political storm.