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To live in a small island state today is to reckon regularly with the cruelest irony of climate change.Unfortunately, foreign investors often continue to support carbon-energy infrastructure projects in small island states and other developing countries.Such investments threaten to keep vulnerable regions anchored to fossil fuels for decades, while worsening long-term climate risks.Numerous large, developed countries have pledged to help small, vulnerable nation states adapt to climate change. The only possible way to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures -- a truly existential threshold for many small island states -- is immediately to stop new construction of fossil-fuel plants. If an energy project is not compatible with this 1.5 degree limit, can a self-proclaimed "climate leader" such as China or Japan justify funding it?The Paris Agreement ushered in a new era of international cooperation, as world leaders agreed to work together to combat the threat of global warming. Vulnerable islands like mine welcome foreign investment in our energy future, provided that projects are clean and carbon-free, and help our citizens achieve true energy security.Small island states are disproportionately affected by climate change.
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