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The leaders of Kiribati are considering plans to relocate its population to Fiji amid fears that climate change could wipe out the entire the Pacific nation, according to the Washington Post. Kiribati President Anote Tong said his Cabinet has endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s mainland. The land is being sold by a church and could accommodate the 103,000 people that currently inhabit Kiribati. However, Tong said he hopes the backup plan isn’t necessary.

Kiribati straddles the Equator and many of its atolls rise just above sea level. Tong said some villages have already relocated and there are more reports of sea water contaminating the island nation’s underground fresh water supply. Also posing a threat, said Tong, is changing rainfall and storm patterns. Tong is also considering other options such as shoring up parts of the island with sea walls and even discussed making a floating island, but that plan proved too costly. 

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