A boat sits on a reef-mud flat close to a lagoon at South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray
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Giant floating islands, castle-like sea walls and mass migration are among some of the "crazy" plans the leader of Kiribati has to save his low-lying Pacific nation from global warming-induced oblivion.Scientists warn rising sea levels caused by climate change will submerge many islands around the world and the 33 of Kiribati, barely 2 meters above sea level, could be among the first.Kiribati President Anote Tong is in Paris this week to try to convince negotiators at a U.N. conference who are aiming to forge an historic pact to tame global warming that they must unite behind the best possible deal.Tong responded when asked if creating the world's first floating nation was a serious proposal.Tong said "king tides" were already regularly inundating the islands, destroying precious farmlands and forcing people to move to higher areas inland.Tong said another, even more urgent concern, was the changing weather patterns of global warming that had in recent years begun to bring unprecedented major storms to Kiribati.
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